Pro-Israel Christians have rallied behind U.S. President Donald Trump to support his plan to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
The prominent Christian groups that support Trump's U.S. embassy relocation plan are giving emphasis to Jerusalem's significance to the Jewish people, especially since it is Israel's capital. International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's U.S. director, Susan Michael, told JNS.org that they also want the American government to give importance to Jerusalem, pointing out that it is only in Israel that the embassy is not located in the country's capital.
"Hundreds of millions of Christians around the world understand from their Bible the spiritual significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people, and that it was established as the capital of Israel some 3,000 years ago by King David," Michael told JNS.
In addition, Michael said Christians "believe the spiritual law of blessing established in Genesis 12 that God will bless those who bless the Jewish people....They want to see the U.S. standing in support of Israel and enjoying the blessings of doing so."
Echoing Michael's thoughts, Christians in Defense of Israel president Matthew Staver said the support for Israel is Biblical. For him, not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is tantamount to anti-Semitism. Christians United for Israel's founding executive director David Brog shares this view, saying Bible-believing Christians know the significance of Jerusalem.
Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition president Pastor Mario Bramnick said one of the factors that drove evangelicals to support Trump in the election was his support of Israel. He relayed his organization's belief that God gave Jerusalem to Abraham's descendants in an "eternal covenant and that no president, prime minister or monarch has any authority to take it away."
Meanwhile, Daoud Kuttab of Al Jazeera speculates that the embassy relocation will not happen anytime soon. White House spokesperson Sean Spicer was reportedly asked about it three times, but he replied by saying there still is no decision on that issue.
Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995 to call on the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to relocate the embassy there. However, the succeeding presidents, including former President Barack Obama, have signed successive six-month waivers to delay it. Newly inaugurated President Trump now has until June 1 to decide between signing a waiver and moving the embassy.