JERUSALEM, May 14, 2018 – The Jerusalem-based International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) credited the help from Christians for playing a “critical” part in ensuring U.S. recognition of the Holy City as Israel’s capital and in moving the U.S. embassy there today.
“U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital and the decision to move the U.S. embassy to the Holy City on the Jewish state’s 70th anniversary could not have happened without critical help from Christians in the US,” said The Fellowship‘s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
Eckstein and The Fellowship‘s global executive vice president, Yael Eckstein, attended the official opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem today, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and dozens of U.S. and Israeli dignitaries, including U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, advisor to President Trump Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump.
The new U.S. embassy relocated from Tel Aviv, where it was housed since Israel’s creation in 1948, to the U.S. consulate offices in the Arnona neighborhood, until a permanent site is determined.
The U.S. embassy stands as a proud symbol of unprecedented, historic bonds between the U.S. and Israel, and points the way for growing global ties to the Jewish state, he said.
“The new U.S. embassy heralds what can be a turning point in global support for Israel,” he said. “As I stand in the shadow of the new official U.S. presence in Israel, I call on nations around the world to follow America’s lead, recognize the longtime reality of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and underscore that fact by moving their own embassies to Jerusalem.”
Rabbi Eckstein added that such moves are especially important “as global anti-Semitic violence grows and radical Islamic extremism threatens the bridges of peace and cooperation The Fellowship has spent decades building.”
The Fellowship recently held its first annual fundraiser in Trump’s winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, in West Palm Beach, Fla., raising nearly $1.7 million, in part to help educate the next generation of Christians about Israel. The president provided a videotaped message of support at the event, which over 500 Christians and Jews attended.
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