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Moses, the Foundation of US-Israel Ties

Moses on Mount Sinai (Gerome, J. (1895-1900). Moses on Mount Sinai.

The Bible is not only the foundation of Judaism, but of the Judeo-Christian principles upon which the United States was built. And Moses is the definitive lawgiver in God's Word. Israel Hayom's Yoram Ettinger writes that because of this, Moses is the foundation upon which the strong bonds between the U.S. and Israel stand:

The legacy of Moses, the definitive lawgiver, has been such an archetype, an integral part of American cultural, ethical, legal and political history, highlighting Judeo-Christian ethical principles that shaped the U.S. and forged the foundation of its special ties with the Jewish state. Most Americans, from the early Pilgrims through the Founding Fathers until today, hold Israel in high regard and consider the Jewish state more than just a foreign policy issue...

On Jan. 14, 2013, the Kansas City Star wrote: "Martin Luther King must have had Moses in mind that night of his last sermon when he said, 'God has allowed me to go up on the mountain, and I have seen the Promised Land.'" Harriet Tubman, a leading abolitionist and a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, was named "Mama Moses..."

President Harry Truman stated: "The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount." A century earlier, President Abraham Lincoln referred to Exodus, Chapter 20, the Ten Commandments, as the summation of his theology.

Moses and/or the Ten Commandments feature in courthouses and in other public buildings around the country.

Moses and the Ten Commandments have always been part of the American story, shaping the worldviews of the American people. They have underscored the 400-year-old Judeo-Christian foundation of the U.S.-Israel covenant, which transcends transient politics and geostrategic considerations, catapulting U.S.-Israel cooperation to unprecedented levels -- in defiance of the State Department, but consistent with the will of the American people.

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