If Trump blesses Israel, he will be blessed

Only a few days after he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump’s pledge to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem was on the media agenda following a 30 minute call between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Although nothing definite has been announced, senior US officials have confirmed that moving the embassy from its current home in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is still a priority for America.

If and when President Trump and his administration do make this move, it will be seen as recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - something that would go against ‘international consensus’ and would be seen as a violation of international law by the UN. Though some countries have consulates in Jerusalem, all of the 86 embassies within the nation are based in Tel Aviv.

To many of Trump’s critics, this may be seen as another of his outlandish policy proposals, yet this isn’t as controversial as it seems, because back in 1995 the US Congress passed a law requiring America to move its base to Jerusalem. Every president since has used a waiver to prevent the move and the next review of this law is in May. So the new incumbent is well within his rights to ‘make good’ on the law set by his predecessors over 20 years ago.

For a long time we have seen a string of global leaders who appear to be conforming to a liberal narrative which is communicated as common truth. To that end, regardless of what we may think of President Trump, it is refreshing to see someone rise to the fore who is prepared to go against grain of popular culture and international concord. In fact, he is aligning himself with the biblical perspective on Israel, that Jerusalem is the key city, something that is also legally recognised within the nation, and acknowledged by Jewish people. If the US Embassy’s home does move there will of course be serious ramifications including potential unrest, but again it is a good sign to see a global leader willing to make a decision based on conviction, rather than what would keep the ‘peace’, which we know is really no peace at all.

It’s an unknown as to whether the embassy will move, and even if it does there are various forms it can take, including a middle ground position that will see the US ambassadors work out of Jerusalem day to day, while the physical office remains in Tel Aviv. It is an encouraging step however, to see God’s heart acknowledged on the global political stage.

The Bible states:

I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. (Genesis 12:3)

True peace across the world will come through Israel, and the Lord will bless all those who bless God’s chosen nation, so we believe that the Lord will bless Trump if he does make the shift. But beyond Trump and any past or present leader, God has a plan to make Jerusalem the eternal capital of Israel and ultimately this is the true focus of our hope.


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