Breaking with decades of diplomacy, President Donald Trump has officially announced that the United States will in fact recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that the State Department will begin a process to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Congress passed a law in 1995 ordering the embassy’s relocation, but every president since has signed a waiver delaying its implementation, until Trump. A decision that has ignited a firestorm of “rage.” across the World.
The announcement of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel has resulted in the outpouring of anger from key Arab and Muslim countries and warnings that such a move could spark anger — and potentially, violence — in the region. France, Germany and the European Union have also voiced their opposition. Pope Francis is also among the critics.
Pope Francis said, “I cannot remain silent.” The United Nations secretary general spoke of his “great anxiety.” The European Union expressed “serious concern.” American allies like Britain, France, Germany and Italy all declared it a mistake.
Palestinians’ chief representative, Manuel Hassassian said it would be the “kiss of death” to the peace process.
“If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two state solution,” Mr Hassassian said in a BBC radio interview.
“He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims [and] hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel,” he added.
Could this be the boiling point we read about in prophecy that will ignite a Holy war? It is beginning to look like it.
Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: 6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; 7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.-Psalm 83:1-8 (KJV).
Besides being a possible tipping point for a Holy War, this is a very prophetic event. It has been SEVENTY years since Israel became a Nation, and incredibly, the White House announcement comes on the Hebrew date the 17th of Kislev, the same date on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Partition Plan for Palestine creating the state of Israel in 1947!
Yehudah Glick called the move “historically significant”, noting that Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as a capital comes exactly 70 years after his predecessor President Harry Truman recognized Israel as a state.
“I think this is as historically significant as President Truman recognizing the state of Israel 13 minutes after [Prime Minister David] Ben Gurion declared a state exactly 70 years ago. This is not just for Israel but is part of a universal process. God willing, other nations will follow suit. Our dream is that the entire world will recognize Jerusalem as the city of God,” he told Breaking Israel News.
Seventy years is Biblically significant as the length of the Babylonian exile.
10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. -Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV).
The prophesied 70-year timeline is figured according to the Jews return to Jerusalem, beginning with the destruction of Solomon’s Temple and ending when the Jews dedicated the Second Temple. Just as the Jewish exile to Babylonia did not end until the connection with Jerusalem was reestablished, the current return to Israel will not be considered complete until the connection with its eternal capital is set firm.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praises US President Donald Trump after he officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, upending longstanding US policy.
“This is a historic day,” Netanyahu says in a video message. “We’re profoundly grateful for the president for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the US embassy here.”
Here is how the REST OF THE WORLD has responded to the decision that has literally “opened the gates of hell”, while fulfilling a biblical prophecy.
Protests have erupted into raging fits of anger and calls to war. Palestinians are burning US and Israeli flags, and photoshopped pictures of Trump splattered with blood have surfaced, multiple sources have reported.
Other Protesters burned photos of President Trump in Gaza City on Wednesday and Palestinian officials talked of cutting ties with the United States or ending security cooperation with Israel, as both sides in the intractable conflict awaited Mr. Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
President Mahmoud Abbas said the decision was tantamount to the US “abdicating its role as a peace mediator”.
“These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts,” he said in a speech broadcast after Mr Trump’s announcement. He insisted that Jerusalem was the “eternal capital of the state of Palestine”.
The leader of the Islamist movement Hamas, Ismail Haniya, says US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would “open the gates of hell.” and called for a new “intifada”, or uprising.
“The American decision is an aggression against our people. It’s a declaration of war against our Palestinian people,” he told a news conference in Gaza.
“We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” he added.
“This decision will open the gates of hell on US interests in the region,” Ismail Radwan, an official with the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, tells journalists after Trump’s announcement.
He calls on Arab and Islamic states to “cut off economic and political ties with the US embassy and expel American ambassadors to cripple” this decision.
Palestinians switched off Christmas lights at Jesus’s traditional birthplace in Bethlehem on Wednesday night in protest at US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the move, saying it was “throwing the region into a ring of fire”.
“What do you want to do Mr Trump? What kind of an approach is this? Political leaders exist not to create struggles but to make peace,” he said.
His Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter that “the decision is against international law and relevant UN resolutions”
A Christmas tree adorned with lights outside Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born, and another in Ramallah, next to the burial site of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, were plunged into darkness. “The Christmas tree was switched off on the order of the mayor today in protest at Trump’s decision,” said Fady Ghattas, Bethlehem’s municipal media officer.
Egypt rejected the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. (Source Ynet News)
Below appears the full report of the decision, as reported by Breitbart:
Trump will first announce that the “United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” according to one of three senior administration officials who spoke with reporters on Tuesday.
The officials conveyed that the change is a recognition of “reality” — both the historic reality that Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people and the Jewish faith since ancient times; and the modern reality that the city is the seat of government for Israel, housing its legislature, supreme court, prime minister, and executive agencies.
Second, Trump will direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. One official explained that the directive to the State Department requires it to develop a plan for this
“with a minimum additional burden on taxpayers.” It was noted that there are approximately 1,000 personnel in Tel Aviv, and that it would take some time to find an appropriate site in Jerusalem. One official stated that despite hopes for an immediate move, it was a “practical impossibility to move the embassy tomorrow.”
“It will take some time to find a site, address security concerns, design a new facility, fund a new facility…[and] build it,” said one of the senior officials.
The official went on to address the issue of the semi-annual presidential waiver that has allowed presidents to delay moving the embassy over the past 22 years and several administrations of both parties. The deadline to sign the waiver passed on Monday night; however, the official stated that President Trump will sign a new waiver as the process begins to move the embassy “in order to avoid fairly significant cuts to State Department’s funding that the law requires as a consequence.” One official stated that Trump will sign the waiver each six months until the embassy is opened.
Officials emphasized that the President would not specify a timeline for completing and opening the embassy, and explained that it would take years, not months.
When later pressed on a timeframe, one official said that he expected it would take no less than three to four years, as other U.S. embassies have taken at least that long to move. One remarked that the ongoing relocation of the U.S. embassy in London took eight years.
Pressed on whether the embassy would be moved within Trump’s current presidential term so that a potential subsequent administration could not overturn Trump’s decision, one official replied, “As a practical matter, no embassy is constructed today anywhere in the world in shorter than three to four years. No embassy.”
The official dismissed the possibility that a subsequent president could reverse the decision, adding that updates would be provided on progress toward planning, funding, and building a new embassy.
One read a statement declaring that Trump is fulfilling a major campaign promise by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He added that a number of previous presidential candidates had made the same promise but had declined to fulfill it. The official further stated that the move has broad bipartisan support in Congress, with the legislative body voting for the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 10 successive congresses. The Act was first passed in 1995.
In response to questions about whether Trump’s decision would set back negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, an official said: “Delaying the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has done nothing to achieve peace for more than two decades.”
Officials were also at pains to emphasize that no other issue would be affected by the new policy. Trump is “prepared to support a two-state solution to the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians if agreed to by the two parties,” the official stated. “President Trump also recognizes the specific boundaries in Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final status negotiations of such an agreement.”
“President Trump reaffirms support for the status quo at the Temple Mount, Haram esh-Sharif,” the official continued.
The decision-making process had involved the President, the Cabinet and department principals. “This was a collaborative U.S. government position,” said one official later, in response to reporters’ questions.
Reporters were also told that “departments and agencies have developed a robust security plan” to ensure the safety of U.S. citizens and assets in case of violent protests against Trump’s decisions.
One official stated emphatically that President Trump has had “very detailed” discussions with Middle East leaders about his decisions on Jerusalem, and reiterated a strong commitment to peace.
President Trump will make his announcements at 1pm ET from the White House on Wednesday afternoon.
Remember to pray for Israel.
In the Faithful Service of Jesus Christ,
- 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God.6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 7 The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.8 In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.-Zechariah 12:3-11 (KJV).
- 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. -1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJV).
- For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. -Romans 11:25 (KJV).
- Psalm 83
- Psalm 2
- And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. -Genesis 12:3 (KJV).
- Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.-Isaiah 10:20 (KJV).
- For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.-Isaiah 37:32 (KJV).