November 27, 2017
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Trump,
We first want to re-affirm our continued prayers for you personally, your family, and your administration. We also want to take this opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate your support for Israel and your stated intention to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) is a network of Christian leaders who collectively speak to and represent over sixty million Americans. During your 2016 campaign for President you agreed to our five guiding principles in relation to Israel that over 650 Christian leaders had requested of you. One of those principles was the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the US Embassy there.
Then in May 2017 we presented you with a letter signed by 60 major Christian leaders asking you to honor that commitment by not signing the Jerusalem Embassy Act waiver on June 1 and proceeding with moving the US Embassy. Both initiatives are enclosed and found on our website at http://aclforisrael.com/icej-letter-to-president-trump/ and http://aclforisrael.com/letter-to-president-trump/ .
We understand that you signed the waiver on June 1 in order to allow time for a possible peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. While we were disappointed, we applaud your noble desire for peace.
However, we are gravely concerned that with every passing day it will become more difficult to move the Embassy and if you do not do it now that it may never happen. We believe your presidency has opened a door of opportunity in the Middle East that no other president has been able to open, but we can not assume it will stay open for long.
It is our conviction that the only way there will be real peace between the Palestinians and Israel is by requiring the Palestinian Authority to stop inciting violence and to prepare their people for peace with proper education in schools, universities, mosques and media. This will take several decades to raise up a new generation prepared for democracy and peace.
In the meantime, we must strengthen our bonds with the one true democracy in the Middle East, a country and people who share our values. Recognizing Jerusalem as her capital is the right thing to do for our greatest ally in the region—Israel.
This is important to us as Christian leaders because Jerusalem is a very significant city in the Christian faith with many holy sites in it. Only a free and democratic Israel will protect Jerusalem for all peoples of faith.
We want to be clear that tens of millions of Christians in America are in favor of Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem including our revered Mt. of Olives, Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and all of biblical Jerusalem. We are asking you to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and never-to-be-divided-again capital of Israel and to move the US Embassy there. Mr. President, please do not sign the waiver again; allow the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act to be implemented!
It is with greatest respect and appreciation that we make our request known.
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
Washington Director CUFI Action Fund
Dr. Jerry Johnson
National Religious Broadcasters
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America
Cc: Hon. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
Amb. David Friedman, Ambassador to Israel
Rep. Trent Franks, Co-Chair Israel Allies Caucus
Rep. Doug Lamborn, Co-Chair Israel Allies Caucus
Rep. Eliot Engel, Co-Chair Israel Allies Caucus
Rep. Brad Sherman, Co-Chair Israel Allies Caucus
American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) is a project of the US Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) PO Box 332974, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-2974 * (615) 895-9830 www.ACLforIsrael.com www.icejusa.org