CHRISTIAN LEADERS URGE TRUMP: RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AND MOVE US EMBASSY
MURFREESBORO, TN, May 16, 2017 | TruthPR | – Some 60 Christian leaders signed a letter delivered to President Trump today calling on the American administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to locate the US Embassy there. The letter opened, “the time has come, at long last, to uphold American law by moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal indivisible capital city of Jerusalem.”
Referencing the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, the letter noted that Congress had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called for the U.S. Embassy to be moved there by May 31, 1999. Due to presidential waivers every six months delaying the implementation of that law, Israel is the only country where the U.S. does not place its embassy in the functioning capital of the country. This “doublespeak” should end, according to these leaders.
The letter was organized by the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) an informal network of Christian leaders, managed by the US Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, representing some 60 million Christians across America. The ACLI letter was signed by Evangelical leaders representing diverse groups and denominations; among them Dr. Jerry Johnson, President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters; Dr. John Hagee, Founder and Chairman, Christians United for Israel; Star Parker, President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education; Penny Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America; Gordon Robertson, CEO, The Christian Broadcasting Network; Dr. James Dobson, President, Family Talk Radio; Gary Bauer, Washington Director, Christians United for Israel Action Fund; and Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host.
Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director, stated her concern the president was being counseled to delay implementation of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act and to make it part of a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.“Considering the 24 years of attempted peace agreements by three previous presidents, it is not a good idea to continue waiting. Now is the time to honor our friend and fully recognize Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital of Israel.”
The leaders concluded their letter by asking the president to send a message early in his administration that the United States will honor its strongest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East by respecting their capital city—Jerusalem—and immediately moving the US Embassy there.
On behalf of the tens of millions of American Christians that we collectively represent, we the members of ACLI seek to provide a unified voice of truth to the American public in support of Israel and the Jewish people. American Christian Leaders for Israel is a project of the U.S. Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. Learn more at aclforisrael.com.
About International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ)
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was established in 1980 in recognition of the biblical significance of all of Jerusalem, and its unique connection with the Jewish people of Israel. Today it represents millions of Christians, churches and denominations to the nation and people. Our work with its head office in Jerusalem reaches more than 140 countries with branch offices in over 85 nations. Learn more at icejusa.org.
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May 16, 2017
The Honorable Donald J. Trump The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Thank you for your leadership of our nation, especially the way you are working to keep your campaign promises. We write to respectfully request your swift action to fulfill a special promise you made, and also one the United States made more than twenty years ago to one of our most important allies. As Christian leaders who collectively speak to over 60 million Americans, we believe the time has come, at long last, to uphold American law by moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital city of Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–45) declared, “The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.” It also noted, “The United States maintains its embassy in the functioning capital of every country except in the case of our democratic friend and strategic ally, the State of Israel.” Upon its enactment in October 1995, this legislation established in statute that Jerusalem is indeed the capital of Israel and that the U.S. Embassy should be moved there by May 31, 1999.
Sadly, every U.S. President since then has taken advantage of a provision in the law allowing its requirements to be waived for six months if “necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.” Such suspensions have been repeated semi-annually for two decades, and it is time to end America’s doublespeak.
The Republican National Convention’s official 2016 Platform rightly stated, “We recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and call for the American embassy to be moved there in fulfillment of U.S. law.” Moreover, we were honored and grateful that you pledged to specifically uphold this policy in response to a request from the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) coalition during your campaign. Many of our constituents cast their vote for you due to this commitment.
Now we ask you to send a message early in your administration that the United States will indeed honor its strongest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East by respecting its capital city—Jerusalem—and immediately moving the US Embassy there. Implementation of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act should not be delayed nor made contingent on any future peace agreements.
Thank you for your consideration and your leadership as President of the United States. Respectfully,
Dr. Jerry Johnson
President/CEO, National Religious Broadcasters
President, Family Research Council
Penny Young Nance
CEO, Concerned Women for America
Founder, Precept Ministries
Jane Hansen Hoyt
President/CEO, Aglow International
Dr. James Dobson Founder/President, Family Talk
USA Director, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
Washington Director, Christians United for Israel Action Fund
President, Christian Coalition of America
Dr. Jim Garlow
Pastor, Skyline Church
Dr. John Hagee
Founder/Chairman, Christians United for Israel
Dr. Charles Stanley
President, In Touch Ministries
Founder/President, Charisma Media
President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education
CEO, The Christian Broadcasting Network
Richard Bott II
President/CEO, Bott Radio Network
CEO, United in Purpose
Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host
Host of The Watchman, Trinity Broadcast/CUFI
New York Times Bestselling Author, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host
Executive Director, Israel Allies Foundation
Vice President of Operations, Salem Media Group
Dr. Jim Showers
Executive Director, The Friends of Israel
President, Institute of Religion and Democracy
President, Israel Always
Laurie Cardoza-Moore President/Producer, Proclaiming Justice to The Nations
Dr. James M. Hutchens
President, The Jerusalem Connection, Int'l
President/CEO, Infinity Concepts
Exec. V.P. Advancement, Oral Roberts University
Dr. John Garr
Chancellor, Hebraic Heritage Christian College
Executive V.P., Center for Urban Renewal and Education
Pastor Jerry Dirmann
Senior Pastor, The Rock Church
Rev. Kevin Jessip
President, Global Strategic Alliance
Founder/Chairman, Liberty Counsel
Dr. Billye Brim
Founder, Billye Brim Ministries
Dr. Gary Frazier
Executive V.P., United in Purpose
Dr. Jim Solberg
USA Director, Bridges for Peace
Past President, National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW)
Dr. Joel Palser
Chaplain/VP Ministry Relations, The Christian Broadcasting Network
Rosemary Schindler Garlow Co-Pastor/Skyline Church, Founder/Schindler's Ark Int'l
Rev. Jim West President, The Walk TV
Exec. V. P. & COO, National Religious Broadcasters
Dr. Mark Walker
Pastor, Mount Paran North Church
Lewis Hogan Founder/President, United Cry
J. Thomas Smith
President, Early Light Fund
Sara C. Ballenger
President, Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
President & COO, Zion Oil and Gas
Dr. Tony Crisp
Lead Pastor, Eastanallee Baptist
Executive Director, Passages
President, Transformational Impact
Executive Board Member, Maasay Yaadav
Dr. Jim Bevis
President, Christians Seeking Renewal Min.
Lowell (Skip) Olmstead
Founder, Strategic Cultural Initiatives
Dr. David Herzog
President, David Herzog Ministries
Israel Education Director, Aglow International
Rev. Philip C. Morris Jr.
Senior Pastor, Parkway Church of God
Dr. Dean Haun
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Morristown TN
President/Founder, International School of the Bible
Rev. Doug Joseph
Senior Pastor, District Presbyter, United Pentecostal Church International
Dr. Jeremy Roberts
Lead Pastor, Church of the Highlands, Chattanooga TN