250 Israeli Rabbis to Trump: ‘You are Fulfilling Biblical Prophecies’

Invoking Biblical blessings, leading Israeli rabbis thanked Trump for acting to fulfill  prophecies about Israel’s redemption.

Some 250 Israeli rabbis, including Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, sent a letter to President Donald Trump thanking him and praising him for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The letter, initiated by the Safed’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and delivered by Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, told the American president, “You have the rare privilege to be the first president to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel,” Ynet news reported.

“We are confident that you will be remembered in the history of the Jewish people forever as one who stood at the fore and was not afraid. May God’s promise to Joshua be fulfilled upon you: ‘Did I not command you, be strong and have courage, do not fear and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’”

Ynet reported that the letter was signed by rabbis of a wide range of communities, including rabbinical judges and yeshiva heads. Among the prominent signatories are: Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, national religious leader Rabbi Haim Drukman, the Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu and Rabbi Elyakim Levanon of the Samaria region.

“We merit living in a generation in which prophecies are being fulfilled, one after the other,” the letter continued, emphasizing that Trump is playing his role in that process.

“The presidents of America merited standing by Israel in actualizing the prophecy of the return to Zion and the building of the State of Israel. “

“With this recognition, we see the fulfillment of another step in the completion of the prophecy of Isaiah that the nations of the world will recognize the centrality of Jerusalem,” said Rabbi Eliyahu. “‘For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your vindication’ (Isaiah 62:1). We hope that other enlightened and believing nations will follow in the footsteps of the United States.”

By: United with Israel Staff

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Sovereignty of Jerusalem

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Who has international legal rights to the city of Jerusalem? Christian international scholar and lawyer Dr. Jacques Gauthier of Toronto offers penetrating analysis at an address organized by CAMERA and Columbia/Barnard Hillel. A Shalom TV exclusive.

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Isaiah 37.35 “For I will defend this city to save it, for Mine own sake, and for My servant David’s sake.”

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Bennett: Jerusalem was our capital before London even existed

Watch: Education minister tells BBC that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is simply acknowledgement of an obvious fact.

 

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“Jerusalem is the Heart of Israel”

“We see it our duty to declare that Jewish Jerusalem is an organic and inseparable part of the State of Israel and of the soul of our people. Jerusalem is the very heart of the State of Israel… its eternal capital”

David Ben Gurion, December 6, 1949

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Watch: Trump recognizes Jerusalem, pledges embassy move

Trump recognizes Jerusalem, pledges embassy move

US President Donald Trump announced that the US government officially recognized the city of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and announced that the US embassy in Israel would be relocated to Jerusalem in a speech at the White House Wednesday.

“After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” Trump said.

“Therefore, i have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The president said that Israel has the right to determine where its capital is located. “This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement. Israel is a sovereign nation, with the right – like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.”

He said that the State of Israel made its capital in “the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.”

“Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It is the location of the official residences of the Prime Minister and the President. It is the headquarters of many government ministries.

“Today, we finally acknowledged the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do,” he said.

“That is why, consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, I am also directing the State Department to begin preparations to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will immediately begin the process of hiring architects, engineers, and planners do that a new embassy, when completed, will be a magnificent tribute to peace,” he added.

The president said that the announcements were not meant to prejudge the outcome of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority or the final boundaries of Jerusalem.

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U.S. House of Representatives Approves Taylor Force Act

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the Taylor Force Act, a bill that could end all U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) due to its financial support to the families of terrorists.

The Taylor Force Act is named for U.S. army veteran Taylor Force, who was murdered in a terrorist stabbing attack in Tel Aviv in March of 2016 while visiting Israel. It would strip the PA of most of its U.S. foreign aid if local officials can’t certify that they stop making payments to terrorists’ families, a practice that has been dubbed “pay-to-slay” by critics.

The bill passed easily in a voice vote Tuesday afternoon after a brief debate, reported The Washington Examiner.

“In Taylor’s memory, we must stop sending aid money to an entity that rewards his murderer’s family,” Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), who drafted the House bill, said Monday in advance of the vote.

The bill was unanimously approved last month by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. A similar version of the bill has been previously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senate Republicans are working on a companion version of the Taylor Force Act, which has cleared the Foreign Relations Committee but is yet to receive a vote on the Senate floor, noted the Examiner.

“[The PA] actually has a schedule of what you do, and how you do it, and the level of success, that is then commensurate with the level of payment to you and/or your family,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said in February. “It’s an outrageous concept to be in law anywhere; it’s an even more outrageous thing to be in law of an authority that we give money to.”

A report released by Palestinian Media Watch several months ago found that the PA budget for jailed terrorists stands at 550 Million Shekels ($158 million) in 2017, a 13% increase from the previous 488 Million shekels ($135 million) that it handed out in 2016. In addition, payments to the families of terrorists have risen to 687 million shekels ($197 million), up 4% from its 2016 budget of 660 million shekels ($183 million).

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10 Reasons to Recognize Jerusalem

As Israelis and people around the world await US President Donald Trump’s decision, to be announced Wednesday, on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, Amb. Alan Baker gives 10 reasons why he should.

Jerusalem has been the official capital of the State of Israel and the center of its government since 1950. Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Knesset, and Supreme Court, and the site of most government ministries and social and cultural institutions. Jerusalem is the ancient spiritual center of Judaism and is also considered a holy city by the members of other religious faiths. Israel protects the holy sites of all faiths.

In 1967, Jordan rejected warnings from Israel and opened an aggressive war against Israel by bombarding Jerusalem. In response and in self-defense, Israel captured east Jerusalem, then controlled by Jordan.

As such, Israel’s status in eastern Jerusalem is entirely legitimate and lawful and accepted by the international community under the international law of armed conflict.

The 1967 unification of Jerusalem by Israel through the extension of its law, jurisdiction, and administration to eastern Jerusalem, while not accepted by the international community, did not alter the legality of Israel’s presence and status in, and governance of, the city.

The United States has consistently stated that the issue of Jerusalem must be solved by negotiation as part of a just, durable and comprehensive peace settlement.

Numerous politically-generated resolutions and declarations by the UN, UNESCO, and others, attempting to revise and distort the long history of Jerusalem and to deny basic religious, legal and historic rights of the Jewish People and the State of Israel in Jerusalem, have no legal standing and are not binding. They represent nothing more than the political viewpoints of those states that voted to adopt them.

The PLO and Israel agreed in the Oslo Accords that “the issue of Jerusalem” is a permanent status negotiating issue that can only be settled by direct negotiation between them with a view to settling their respective claims. The U.S. President, as well as the presidents of the Russian Federation and Egypt, the King of Jordan, and the official representatives of the EU are among the signatories as witnesses to the Oslo Accords.

Neither UN/UNESCO resolutions, nor declarations by governments, leaders, and organizations can impose a solution to the issue of Jerusalem, nor can they dictate or prejudge the outcome of such negotiations.

Acknowledging the facts that Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel and that locating the embassy in Jerusalem is the sovereign prerogative of the United States – and the United States only – would in no way prejudice or influence the peace negotiation process. They would be an acknowledgment of a long-standing factual situation and rectification of a historic injustice.

Statements by the King of Jordan, the Palestinian leadership, and Arab leaders that recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or locating the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem will endanger the peace process and bring a wave of violence, are nothing but empty threats and unfortunate attempts to threaten a sovereign government and incite. Surrendering to such threats of violence and terrorism would be a dangerous precedent and a sign of weakness.

By: Amb. Alan Baker, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Amb. Alan Baker is director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center and the head of the Global Law Forum. He participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, as well as agreements and peace treaties with Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. He served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Israel’s ambassador to Canada.

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