Monday, May 14, 2018 is a day that will be long remembered as the date of the naming of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was 2000+ years ago that King David established Jerusalem as the principal city of ancient Israel. How time flies! It is now the cousin holiday to Yom Yerushalayim, May 12th, which celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem in the wake of the 1967 war. Finally, a modern day nation can designate its own capital city! But it took the perseverance of Israel, its leaders the blood of its people and in a large part, President Trump, to make it official.
We were glued to our TV sets as we watched a foreign city, 7,000 miles from our shores, bursting with American flags as the American Embassy was opened in Jerusalem. What other country in the world is so expressive of its love, respect and admiration for the United States as Israel? And rightly so! Many of our own dignitaries were there, both political and commercial. President Trump was represented by Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, both, thank goodness, fierce supporters of Israel.
Let’s thank, as well, our Christian supporters who have been in the trenches with us fighting for the survival of the Jewish State. Reverend John Hagee, the founder of the all powerful, Christians United for Israel and Pastor Robert Jefress offered prayers at the ceremonies. Jeffress’ words: “We come before you, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thanking you for bringing us to this momentous occasion on the life of our people and in the history of our world.” And let’s not forget two other participants in the festivities, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner who have been working behind the scenes to prepare for this scenario.
Bibi could not help himself but thank over and over again, President Trump and the American people for standing alongside of Israel in its defense of its nation and people. “A great day for peace!!” and reflecting on the ongoing conflict with the terrorist Palestinians, “You can only build peace on truth.” Finally, standing right in front of the recently installed Great Seal of the Embassy of the United States, he proclaimed: “God Bless America!” And he meant those words.
But, a bit of concern for all of us is that there were none, that means zero elected Democrats in attendance. There were a couple of Congressional Republican delegations that flew over to Israel for this event on their own dime. Sen. Lindsey Graham, in response to the Democrat’s whining that they were not invited remarked that he personally invited Democrats to come to the dedication but they refused. Senator Cruz stated: “None of us were invited.” Those Republicans in attendance came because they wanted to. Our staff personally called Senator Schumer, Congresspeople Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Debbie Schultz and were told that their bosses had no comment on why they were not in Israel on Monday. That’s shameful.