Jun 6, 2017
WASHINGTON – In recognition of the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 during the Six-Day War, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Senate Resolution 176, which reaffirms the historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem and marks the 50th anniversary of its reunification.
Authored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, the bipartisan resolution recognizes “there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem for three millennia” and hails Jerusalem as a “united city in which the rights of all faiths have been respected and protected” since 1967. The Senate Resolution also called on President Trump to abide by the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which calls for the Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem.
From 1948 to 1967, Israeli citizens from all religious backgrounds and Jewish and Christian people of all nationalities could not access East Jerusalem’s Old City and holy sites, including the historic Western Wall that dates back to the Second Temple. On June 7, Israel Defense Forces reached the Western Wall. Israel immediately permitted the world to access this holy site.
This week in Jerusalem for the first time, people also gathered for an Israeli government sponsored Jerusalem Prayer Event (June 6-8) with over 500 Christians and Jews from 56 nations to stand in solidarity and pray for Israel. The song, “Holy, Holy, Holy” was sung in the Knesset.
Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and President of Covenant Journey, will attend a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem tomorrow at the Capitol Visitors Center sponsored by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and the Israeli government. The event will commemorate 50 years to the day the IDF soldiers liberated Jerusalem and reached the Western Wall. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein will speak by telecast.
“It will be an honor to be at the Capitol tomorrow in celebration of this 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem with Christians and Jews in support of Israel,” said Staver. “We commend the Senate for unanimously approving Senate Resolution 176 to reaffirm the Jewish roots to Jerusalem and reaffirming the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. The history and heritage of America and our faith are united with Israel. Our destiny is united with Israel,” said Staver.
Liberty Counsel and Christians in Defense of Israel produced a 13-part original series being aired on TBN called “Why Israel Matters.” Past episodes can be viewed online. Mat Staver and John Aman have just released a beautiful, full-color book called by the same title: Why Israel Matters. The book can be ordered online.
Liberty Counsel is an international litigation, education, and policy organization. Liberty Counsel has a number of affiliated ministries, including Christians in Defense of Israel and Covenant Journey, a program that provides a life-changing experience in Israel for Christian college-age students who have leadership potential. Find out more at www.LC.org and www.CovenantJourney.org.