Donald Trump Responds to Christian Leaders’ Call to Stand with Israel

Flag of IsraelThis past summer, hundreds of Christian leaders across the United States signed their names to a letter asking presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to stand with Israel should they win the upcoming election.

According to American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) – the project of the U.S. branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) – which initiated the letter, Trump has affirmed his support for the five principles outlined in the letter, which were designed to fortify the relationship between the United States and Israel. The five action items are to:

  • recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there;
  • renew the 10-year Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Israel, which provides aid in response to Israel’s growing security needs;
  • oppose the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel;
  • sanction Iran’s relentless actions as the world’s leading sponsor of terror; and
  • reject third-party solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict not negotiated by the two parties.

“The policies Mr. Trump has agreed to will enhance Israel’s standing in the world and directly benefit the United States in security, innovation, technology, and intelligence,” explained Susan Michael, U.S. Director of ICEJ, in a press release.

Among the letter’s initial signatories were Dr. Jerry A. Johnson (NRB), Dr. Ted Baehr (Movieguide®), Rich Bott (Bott Radio Network), Dr. James Dobson (Family Talk), Mark Dreistadt (Infinity Concepts), Joseph Farah (WorldNetDaily), Dean Haun (First Baptist Church, Morristown TN), Michael Little (Christian Broadcasting Network), Robert McFarland (McFarland Messaging), Janet Parshall (Janet Parshall’s America), Mark Tooley (Institute of Religion & Democracy), Jim West (The Walk TV), and Jackie Yockey (High Adventure Ministries).

Since the letter’s release, around 650 Christian leaders have signed on. A similar grass-roots petition, which was circulated in tandem, has garnered 40,000 signatures.

In signing the letter, Johnson encouraged NRB members to do the same, and noted that “Israel is a friend of Christians and the United States.”

“Even if others on the world stage abandon her, we must not,” he added. “American officials at the federal, state, and local level need to know that we stand with firm resolve for Israel.”

According to ICEJ, Clinton has yet to respond to the letter.

To sign the grass-roots petition, visit www.takeactionforisrael.info. For the letter from leaders, visit aclforisrael.com/presidential-campaign.

By NRB Staff

Published: November 3, 2016

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