In December 1949, the Israeli Cabinet declared Jerusalem to be the rightful capital of Israel. In January 1950, the First Knesset proclaimed that “Jerusalem was, and had always been, the capital of Israel.” Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. Jerusalem became the capital of Israel when King David captured the city from the Jebusite stronghold 3,000 years ago.
The Palestinians have also declared Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, yet do not maintain a governmental presence in the city.
How can two governments at odds with each other share the same capital?
President Trump, the self-proclaimed “best friend of Israel,” has advocated moving the U,S. Embassy to Jerusalem. But now, others who have his ear are saying, “Not so fast.” Yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, “We’re at the very early stages of that decision-making process.”
We must not accept a backtrack on this campaign promise.
+ + U.S. effort to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is not new.
On October 23, 1995, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. The law required the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999. But the law was never implemented because of opposition from former Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
Now that President Trump is considering the move, Palestinian leaders have declared that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would be a violation of international law, a setback to peace, and a provocation for more violence. And the PLO is threatening to revoke its recognition of Israel if the move is made.
That’s why Christians in Defense of Israel is petitioning our nation’s leadership to finally take action on behalf of The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, acknowledge Jerusalem as the undisputed and undivided capital of Israel, and move the U.S. Embassy to the City of David.
100,000 signatures is a lofty goal, but I believe it will take that many pro-Israel Americans to make an impact on this very divisive issue. That’s why we need EVERY friend of Israel to take part in this petition drive.
Together, we can rise up and make our voices heard. Together, we can take a stand for what is right. The world may not be willing to stand for Israel, but you and I know what the word of God commands! We must stand with and for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.
God bless you. God bless Israel. God bless America.
Mat Staver, President
Christians in Defense of Israel
P.S. Again, Christians in Defense of Israel is petitioning the Trump administration and other U.S. leaders to move the U.S. Embassy to the City of David. The city of Jerusalem is not just the rightful capital of Israel, sacred to the Jewish people. It is also home to the holiest places of the Christian faith.