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Israel and Egypt Convene
On March 26, 1979, President Jimmy Carter witnessed a monumental moment for world history. Sitting at our nation’s capital, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. As the three men embraced and shook hands, there would be no doubt among them that Israel and Egypt made tremendous progress.
Just one year earlier, President Carter presided over the Camp David Accords. The accords covered 12 days of discussion at the presidential retreat of Camp David, Maryland. A decade before this, Egypt demilitarized the Sinai and allowed Israeli ships to pass through the Suez Canal, following the Six-Day War.
It is up to us to defend God’s chosen people.
Why is Israel such an important nation to Christians and Conservatives? Those who are well-versed in, or familiar with, Biblical scripture, understand why. In Genesis 12: 1-3, God says, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Isaiah 62: 1 states, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.”
Past Presidents Supporting Israel
Although many despairs at this fact, America was founded on a strong theological, Christian influence. As such, we have been blessed as the greatest purveyor of freedom in the world. Moreover, it is very important that we elect presidents and officials who long to uphold the protection of God’s chosen people. Now and then, the blueprint of American history shows us such a leader.
Theodore Roosevelt, a presidential favorite among many Americans, was one of these leaders. Teddy was not only a vocal supporter of the Jewish people obtaining their own homeland in the Middle East, but he was also the first president to appoint a Jewish cabinet member. He also fought alongside Jewish members of the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Presidential recognition of Israel as a new nation began in 1948, with Harry Truman. On May 14, 1948, the Israeli Provisional Government declared itself as its own nation. Truman, a Christian, understood the importance of the Jewish people gaining their own nation. As a result, he recognized Israel. Although this would spark a large controversy in the Middle East, Truman stood by his convictions.
US-Israeli Relations Today
Today, Israel and America stand together like never before. Under God’s guidance, President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Thus fulfilling a long-awaited promise to the Jewish people. President Trump has also relocated the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem; as a result, other nations (such as Brazil) have attempted to follow suit, claiming their desire to do the same.
As a token of dedication, an Israeli coin was made last year. The coin, known the “Temple Coin,” features Donald Trump, along with King Cyrus of Persia, on the front. It also features the verse of Scripture from Ezra 1: 2 – “And He charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem”. On the back, there is a dove carrying an olive branch, along with the Holy Temple.
Israel’s Presidential Allies
Israel is, without a doubt, America’s most important ally. As America was founded on a Christian, theological backbone, it is important that we keep a strong relationship with God’s chosen people. Many liberals today assert that America was not founded on a Christian background.
This is due to the fact that some of the founders were not Christian. However, those who make this claim are missing the point entirely. Even the founding fathers who were not Christians still believed in a higher Deity, and they placed America on a strong Biblical foundation.
There is no doubt that many of our presidents have looked to Israel as a source of God’s goodness and greatness. Even Abraham Lincoln, who spent most of his life as an atheist, experienced change by the miracles he witnesses during the Civil War. Before his life ended, he remarked that he longed to visit Jerusalem and walk in the Savior’s steps. Through the courage of presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, and Donald Trump, Israel has seen proliferation. As one nation, under God, it is up to us to defend God’s chosen people.