Trump’s Trip to Israel: No Exclusivity and No U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
President Donald Trump would lose his credibility if he did not keep his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, an Israeli government official told CBN News before Trump’s visit.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem and, by the urgency of his promise, his evangelical constituents, whose vote was vital for his election, expected him to fulfill his promise as soon as he was inaugurated.
They were hopeful that he would appoint Mike Huckabee, a former governor and Baptist minister, as the U.S. ambassador to Israel to help move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. But this never happened.
Months went by and Trump’s evangelical voters expected him to make a surprise in his Israel trip and announce the embassy’s move. Again, this never happened.
“I sincerely believe, that after the president, on more than one occasion, committed to moving America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, if he doesn’t do that, I think he’ll actually lose credibility,” Michael Oren, Israel’s Deputy Minister for Diplomacy, told CBN Founder Pat Robertson in an exclusive interview before Trump’s trip to Israel.
“People respect those who stand by their words even if their words can be controversial,” he said.
Trump’s promises were left unfulfilled because he had a top priority: Saudi Arabia. His first international trip was to the Middle East. But the first nation he visited was not Israel. It was Saudi Arabia, which provided most terrorists responsible for the 9/11 Islamic attack.
If Trump understood how God loves the first things offered to Him, he would have made his first trip to Israel. But he chose to offer the first things to Saudi Arabia, which is the main sponsor of the global Islamic terrorism.
Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia produced an immediate massive deal of US$ 110 billion in military equipment representing the “largest single arms deal in U.S. history.” Trump also signed an extraordinary deal worth a total of US$ 350 billion in military equipment over ten years. He said, “That was a tremendous day. Tremendous investments in the United States. Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
After the massive deal, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, “I’m not at peace with the arms race in the Middle East. Weapons sales in the region have reached $215 billion and this is no small sum… The huge Saudi purchase and the arms race don’t sit with me well.”
While Saudi Arabia has been heavily armed by Trump, the United States promised to increase its aid in military equipment to Israel to just $3.8 billion, as of 2019, an amount vastly inferior to what the Saudis receive in U.S. military equipment. In comparison to what the Saudis receive, Israel receives mere military alms.
If a war breaks between Israel and the Saudi Islamic dictatorship, only God can help Israel, because Israelis are formidably outnumbered by the Saudis, who have abundant American weapons.
Probably, Trump did not move his embassy to Jerusalem to please his Saudi client. In the 1940s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised to the Saudi dictator that as long as he was president, the United States would never recognize a Jewish state. God had to remove Roosevelt for Israel to be formally recognized by the U.S. government.
Because of Saudi Arabia, Roosevelt did not want the modern State of Israel be born, and God worked against him. Apparently, because of Saudi Arabia, Trump is hesitant to fulfill his promise about Jerusalem. He is hesitant to put Israel’s God in the first place. But in a way or another, God will again work against the U.S. government and its presidents who refuse to put Israel’s God in the first place.
Even Trump’s visit to Israel was not exclusive. He made a point of visiting at the same time the Palestinian leader, after he had already increased his funding of the Palestinian Authority.
Conservative President Ronald Reagan made a point to avoid meeting Palestinian leaders in his 8-year administration, because he saw them as terrorists. After over thirty years, what has changed? The same Palestinian leader met by Trump has an administration notorious for paying families of suicide bombers against Israel. Reagan would never meet these terrorists. He would never give funds to the Palestinian Authority. Trump has done it.
Adding insult to injury, Trump met the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, a city traditionally owned by the Jews, but today occupied by Palestinians. By meeting Abbas there, Trump recognized the Palestinian occupation, which is a huge insult to Jews and even Christians. Trump has ratified the insult.
Trump shook hands with a string of Palestinian authorities, including Islamic leaders, and he saluted two Palestinian military officers.
The U.S. Army Officer’s Guide says, “It is customary to salute officers of friendly foreign nations when recognized as such” — meaning Trump’s salutes would suggest the Palestinian Authority is a “friendly foreign nation.”
Is there a U.S.-Israeli friendship? Yes, but no exclusivity and first place. Do exclusivity and first place belong to Saudi Arabia? Apparently so.
Saudi Arabia has been armed to the teeth by the U.S. government, under Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and now Trump. Who can assure that someday Islamic Saudi Arabia, which bans Jews and the Bible in its territory, will not attack Israel?
With information from DailyMail, CBN and Haaretz.
Portuguese version of this article: “A viagem de Trump a Israel: Nada de exclusividade e embaixada americana em Jerusalém”
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