Just a few months ago, President Donald Trump ignited an international firestorm of controversy when he announced to the world that he would honor his campaign promise to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. On Monday, May 14, after years of broken promises by other presidents, President Trump will finally fulfill America’s promise, a promise which will allow future generations to remember President Trump as the president who had the courage to actually honor America’s pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s historic capital.
As we consider this moment, imagine the historic symbolism of the move of the United States Embassy which will occur just a few days shy of the anniversary of the end of the Six Day War, the war which resulted in the reunification of West and East Jerusalem. What is most amazing is that after more than 50 years leaders and pundits throughout the world still fail to recognize, or understand, that Israel will never give up its historical claim to Jerusalem in an effort to appease those who not only refuse to recognize the existence of the nation of Israel, but also advocate for Israel’s complete destruction.
For the doubters of the world, consider the odds that the United States would have ever fulfilled its promise to move its embassy to Jerusalem. For the doubters of the world, consider the historical odds that the Jewish people would ever have had their homeland returned to them. And for the doubters of the world, consider the even greater historical odds that the rebirth of the Hebrew nation in 1948 as the state of Israel had been prophesized more than 2,500 years earlier when the prophet Isaiah wrote,
7-8 Who has heard or seen anything as strange as this? For in one day, suddenly, a nation, Israel, shall be born, even before the birth pains come. In a moment, just as Israel’s anguish starts, the baby is born; the nation begins. 9 Shall I bring to the point of birth and then not deliver? asks the Lord your God. No! Never!
10 Rejoice with Jerusalem; be glad with her, all you who love her, you who mourned for her. Isaiah 66:7-10, The Living Bible (TLB).
In order for us to fully understand one of the most important reasons Israel will never agree to the divide Jerusalem in exchange for a faux peace, one only needs to remember the Jewish people who have suffered throughout the generations at the hands of those who have called for the destruction of the Hebrew nation, the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
One such reminder is the memory of the millions who died during the Holocaust. For anyone who has ever walked through the Shoe Room of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and stared at the more than 4,000 pairs of shoes of men, women, and yes, even children, the memory of the thousands of shoes should forever act as a reminder of the reason the Jewish people will never allow Jerusalem to be divided again.
While there is some disagreement as to the origin of the words Never Again, words which are inscribed on the wall of the memorial at the Dachau concentration camp, many believe the words can be attributed to Meir Kahane the founder of the Jewish Defense League. In a passage of his book entitled Never Again: A Program for Survival, Meir referred to the Holocaust and the mounds of corpses at the camps where millions of Jews were killed when he wrote the following words:
…By our sides were the ghosts of those who were no longer, whose blood was shed like water because Jewish blood is considered cheap. We saw their outstretched hands and looked into their burning and soul-searing eyes that peered into our very being and heard them say: Never again. Promise us. Never again.
One is left to wonder if the world will even recognize the significance of May 14 as the day President Trump chose to officially move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. For those who do not understand the importance of that day, May 14 is the 70th anniversary of the day the world witnessed the rebirth of the Hebrew nation as the state of Israel. You see, for those who do not remember, it was Friday, May 14, 1948, when the Jewish People’s Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum and listened as David Ben-Gurion read to the world the declaration of the Jewish people, the declaration which would forever establish the State of Israel.
Of course, just understanding the historical importance of May 14 in the history of the State of Israel would be incomplete without considering that in June of 1967 a third war was launched against Israel, another war which was intended to destroy the Jewish state and the Jewish people. The war came to be known as the Six Day war. And as we know, at the end of the Six Day war, West and East Jerusalem were unified, as a city which would never be divided again.
For all of those who might believe that the rebirth of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948, and the unification of West and East Jerusalem in 1967, was mere coincidence, it might be appropriate to borrow from the words of Moses in the book of Genesis where it is written, “So on the seventh day, having finished his task, God ceased from this work he had been doing, 3 and God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he ceased this work of creation.” Genesis 2:2-3, The Living Bible (TLB). For believers, the symbolism should not be ignored, for at the end of the Six Day war, after the reunification of the holy city of Jerusalem, one can only imagine that on the next day, the seventh day, God again rested and looked upon the holy city of Jerusalem and smiled.
Finally, as I often do, I would invite each of you who support President Trump’s decision to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to join me on my imaginary mountaintop to shout as loudly as possible to anyone who will listen a sincere thank you to President Trump for having had the courage to stand with the people of Israel, our one true friend in the Middle East.
Oh, by the way, for those of you who have chosen to join me on my imaginary mountaintop, I would also invite each of you to take a moment to close your eyes, listen closely and maybe, just maybe, we might just be greeted with that glorious sound of the seventh trumpet! Maranatha!
Mark Wohlander, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, practices law in Lexington.
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