Tomorrow: In Jerusalem!

Many observers, myself included, were wondering why, along with all the triumphs and troubles within his Administration, Donald Trump would theoretically pick a fight with every Muslim country within the Islamic crescent by announcing that America would be moving her Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His strongest ally in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, expresses ‘disquiet’. Without the ‘diplomatic language’ wrapping; that statement amounts to an incredulous ‘You have Got to be Joking’! From Capital city to city, the same theme emerges: ’W.T.F.” is a generous rounding of those sentiments. In Gaza, the perfect excuse emerges for the rockets to fly once again from Hamas: with of course the concomitant and fully-expected Israeli reply of artillery and fighter-bomber strikes, along with the listings of dead and injured.

One platitude emerging for this truly strange decision, backed; it is true, by twenty years of Congress’ resolutions, along with various vague previous President’s musings, is that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel: ipso ergo facto sum that is where our embassy should stand. It was also a campaign promise of the Candidate Trump, and if there is one thing which can be said of the President: he keeps his promises.

The answer to the question why can best be revealed by a quick view of the beliefs of America’s Evangelical Fundamentalists, and their hopes for the ‘End of Days’ in a Jerusalem where Jesus reigns in glory once again. Those are not my words, hopes or beliefs, by the way; but they are the cornerstone of millions of Americans who have been raised in the teaching of the old-time Bible fundamentalists, and of the scores of off-shoot churches who preach “dispensational pre-millennialism”, which is the theology of those people.

As the lady from CNN writes, “I may not believe it — anymore, at least. You may not believe it. Donald Trump might not even truly believe it. But millions do. That matters. Not only for American politics, of course. For the peace of Jerusalem. And for peace for the rest of us as well.

7 comments for “Tomorrow: In Jerusalem!

  1. Ed P
    December 10, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    As Christians’, Jews’ & Muslims’ beliefs all stem from Abraham, you might expect them all to get along just fine and welcome this long-overdue event. But whether it’s followers of the wrathful Old Testament God, the Magic Carpenter or the illiterate goat-herder, there seems to be some dissent. I wonder if Bluewater shopping centre, with its three sides, could be a metaphor for these three religions, united in their dislike of one another, but all claiming unique access to the one same deity. Happy Holidays!

    • December 12, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Islam has as much to do with Abraham as West Ham footy club has.

  2. Mona
    December 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Religious belief is a quite simply brainwashing, conditioning, and indoctrination. A belief in Fairy tales and horror stories about blood sacrifice and orbiting virgins looking for body parts helps.

  3. Pcar
    December 10, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Left, SJWs, RoPs – time to face reality:

    POTUS Trump obeyed USA Gov’t on law first passed in 1995 when Left hero Clinton was POTUS

    Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 as U.S. law, and calls upon the President and all U.S. officials to abide by its provisions.
    Senate – 06/05/2017 Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Yea-Nay Vote. 90 – 0

    Way past time RoP progressed from C7 to C21.

  4. Pcar
    December 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Add:

    MSM is ignoring the facts – dates, senate etc – to bash Trump regardless of facts – blatant bias by omission.

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    On a similar note: MSM not reporting the “porn pictures” on computer in Damian Green’s office were all thumbnails – pre-cached by web-browser. Bias by omission to undermine May & Brexit.

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    POTUS Trump: advise to May, MPs, Khan et al & the “bigot, misogynist etc” accusations – stop the childish insults, be diplomatic; you might dislike the person, show respect to the POTUS and work with him for the good of UK.

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    As for PM May if unelected Junker had asked/ordered me to fly to Brussels at 4AM he’d have been told to take a hike by an aide.

    Strong & Stable? More like Weak & Subservient.

  5. December 11, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Evangelicals in America or not, Jerusalem was built by the Jewish people 3000 years ago as the Capital. Just as London built 2000 years ago by the Romans for Britain. It is recognition of a fact made in stone.

    That the Arabs and sundry goat-lervers of the wider region want to continue rioting about it (Jerusalem, not Londonistan…. er….) says more about the religion of peace than anything about Trump. He keeps his promise: they keep up their evil ways.

  6. Voice of Reason
    December 11, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    American style Biblical fundamentalism is quite American, and only about 100 years old. If you are interested, read Ronald Number’s book on the subject.

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