Several pro-Israel Christian leaders are making the argument that the relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a promise then-presidential candidate Donald Trump made during his campaign – cements the 45th president's place in history as one of America's greatest.
During his remarks Monday at the opening ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – having heaped much praise on President Donald Trump during the festivities – reflected the mood of the gathered crowd when he said excitedly:
"We have no better friends in the world [than the United States]. You stand for Israel ... Dear friends, what a glorious day! Remember this moment! This is history! President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history."
Netanyahu isn't alone in predicting the historical significance of yesterday's event in the Holy City. The head of a pro-Israel ministry says history books will celebrate the move of the embassy to the eternal capital of Israel – and a Christian apologist is convinced that because Donald Trump made the decision bringing about that move, he will go down in history as one of America's greatest presidents.
"The fact that a president of the largest, most prosperous, and strongest country in the world would move its embassy, declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel, there are going to be history books written about this time," says Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations.
"This would not have happened had not the evangelical Christians pursued this initiative," she adds.
Cardoza-Moore argues that no previous president had the courage to do what Trump has pulled off, and she contends he will go down in history as the instrument God used to make it happen. Christian apologist and educator Dr. Alex McFarland offers a similar assessment, saying the president's commitment to Israel – reflected in the embassy move – is just one facet of his leadership thus far that will cause him to go down in history as one of the greatest U.S. presidents.
"It shows his vision, his courage, his strategy in terms of foreign policy and a vision for world peace," he tells OneNewsNow. "And I think this [move], among other things, will solidify his place as one of the greatest American presidents."
McFarland maintains that Trump is acting in the best interest of America and making the world a safer place in the process by cementing America's ongoing supportive relationship with Israel. He praises, for example, the president on his strong stance regarding the Iran nuclear deal.
"Pulling America out of the Iran deal was a wise thing, a courageous thing," he offers. "And it is serving to further dismantle the legacy of [Barack] Obama's policies and positions. But that's certainly a legacy that the sooner the world can move past, the better."
Gary Bauer with American Values couldn't agree more, pointing out it was only 18 months ago (December 2016) when President Obama "was stabbing Israel in the back one last time" before leaving office.
"Obama was calling governments around the world, pushing the U.N. Security Council to bring up a resolution condemning Israel and claiming that Israel did not have a legal claim to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria," Bauer says in his End of Day report yesterday. "Obama promised that this time, unlike other presidents who always used the veto to protect our ally, he would not."
Indeed, the resolution passed just before Christmas 2016 and "Obama got what he wanted," Bauer states.
"[But Monday's] ceremony went a long way toward righting that wrong," he concludes, "and it took the U.S.-Israel alliance to new heights."
In support of that argument, Bauer points out that the people of Israel have been showing their appreciation of President Trump in a variety of ways: "A public square near the embassy has been named after President Trump. Jerusalem's largest soccer club renamed itself "Beitar Trump Jerusalem." Messages of thanks lit up Jerusalem's ancient walls and appeared on billboards throughout the city."
Fox News also reported last week that an Israeli non-profit had released a celebratory coin (see image above) featuring the images of President Trump and King Cyrus – who allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem 2,500 years go.