God Recognizes Jerusalem
The US embassy is now in Jerusalem. Guatemala has moved theirs as well and Paraguay will be moving their embassy today. It has been a very exciting time in Israel as the U.S. President Donald Trump kept his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem and move the embassy to Israel’s eternal capital.
Since the start of Trump’s presidency, there has been so much speculation regarding his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Israelis were so excited in anticipation of this great event. When it finally came, first with the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital and then with the move of the embassy, there was absolute euphoria here. Never has Israel felt such strong friendship as we are feeling from the U.S. administration now.
What can I add to the conversation? I think that it is critical to remember the words of the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
Israel and Egypt had begun to discuss peace in the late 1970’s. The U.S. and Israel were working on the wording of a joint statement when the US national security advisor brought Begin a draft of the text from President Jimmy Carter.
Begin took a look at the document and he said, “Please delete ‘The United States affirms Israel’s inherent right to exist.’”
“Why so?” said the US national security adviser.
“I sincerely appreciate the president’s sentiment,” said Begin, “but our Hebrew Bible made that pledge and established our right over our land millennia ago. Never, throughout the centuries, did we ever abandon or forfeit that right. Therefore, it would be incompatible with my responsibilities as prime minister of Israel were I not to ask you to erase this sentence.”
We profoundly appreciate the friendship of the United States. Israel had no greater friend. The U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people is deeply appreciated and means so much to us.
With that said, we must remember that it is the Bible that established Jerusalem as the eternal holy city and capital of the Jewish people. Jerusalem is mentioned over 600 times in the Hebrew Bible and it is the city where so many of the Biblical episodes and writings take place.
At the end of the day, it is God and the Bible that recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people. In truth, do we need more affirmation than that?