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Israel and the Embassy Move: the Administration Heard Your Voice

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December 6, 2017 was an historic day – President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, 22 years after the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was affirmed by the Senate. The Jerusalem Embassy Act urged the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and respond by moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but for 22 years formal recognition and our embassy move were put on hold.

No one is naïve to the reality that moving the U.S. embassy is a bold move with potential ramifications. Nevertheless, it is a necessary move – this move says that the United States will not be bullied into inaction but we will stand by our strongest and only democratic ally in the region, that our presidents will uphold their campaign promises and listen to the voices of the American people.

CWA was honored to be your voice on this issue. Concerned Women for America has been advocating for the U.S. embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem since President Trump took office.

Penny Nance was on CNN early this spring urging the President to “stand in lockstep with Israel” especially in the area of any disputed territory.

In May, before President Trump signed the Jerusalem Embassy Act waiver, CWA participated in the twitter campaign, #MoveTheEmbassy, in an effort to engage the public on the issue.

On behalf of each of you, Penny has personally discussed the issue with U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, Dina Powell, Ivanka Trump, and President Donald Trump, thanking them for their work to repair our damaged relationship with the state of Israel.

Finally, CWA was party to letters sent to the administration regarding support for Israel which urged that our embassy be moved in acknowledgement that Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state. One such letter can be read here.

We could not be more thankful for the supportive stance the Trump Administration has taken towards the state of Israel. Moving the United States embassy will leave a lasting impact in the Middle East.

President Trump Declares Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and Announces Embassy Move

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Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump made a statement officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. He ordered the State Department to begin the process of moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement:

“Today, I am thankful for President Trump’s courage in declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and for his directive to the State Department to begin the process of moving our embassy. This has been years in the making, but no president has prioritized our relationship with Israel enough to take this important step.

“The United States has done little for Israel over the past eight years – this move will be restorative to U.S./Israeli relations.

“Thank you, President Trump, for working to fulfill your campaign promises. Moving our embassy will create a new legacy in the Middle East and prove the United States’ support for our strongest and only true democratic ally in the region.”

President Trump to Declare Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump is expected to make a speech next week recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“I happily anticipate President Trump’s upcoming statement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of the Jewish state of Israel. Six months ago, UNESCO chose to ignore history when they passed a resolution denying Israel any claim to the city of Jerusalem.

“Such a responsive statement from our nation will send a clear message – we support Israel, our strongest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East, despite the U.N.’s attempt to undermine Israel’s very existence. Concerned Women for America is thankful for President Trump’s dedication to the Jewish state.

“This is an excellent first step, and I hope it is exactly that – a first step in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital city of Jerusalem. Recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital assumes that the United States respects Israel’s capital city and will at some point move our embassy.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Capitol Hill Brief — Peace for Israel

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This week, we’ve been discussing the good news of the restoration of the U.S.’s strong relation with Israel under the Trump Administration.

America’s relationship with Israel is vital to our national security, as well as our foreign policy strategy in the Middle East. Israel is among the United States’ closest allies and is the nation that most closely shares our values of freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

I was so grateful to share with the president CWA’s thanks for the White House’s unequivocal support and commitment to Israel’s security in such an important part of the world.

As Christians, we also know and trust in God’s promise to bless those who bless Israel. And so, pray for Shalom, peace for Israel.


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Israeli Anthem

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I hope you realize that anti-Semitism is alive and growing in some parts of the world.  Did you see the recent video of Israel’s Tal Flicker who won the gold medal in judo at a recent event in Abu Dhabi?

Flicker took his place atop the winner’s podium, gratefully accepted his gold medal, and stood straight for the playing of winner’s national anthem, as it is customary. But, Israel’s anthem was not played. Instead, they played the anthem of the International Judo Federation. The Israeli flag was not raised either.

In the video you saw Flicker humbly singing the anthem for himself, while they publicly humiliated him.

Friends, this makes me fighting mad. We must stand against anti-Semitism wherever it is found.


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Trump Administration’s Support for Israel

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It’s been refreshing to witness the Trump Administration’s unabashed commitment to support Israel. And I’m so grateful I got to thank the president at a dinner. Their latest action involved withdrawing from UNESCO, citing their unquestionable anti-Israel bias.

The U.S. owed $550 million to it, and it contributed annually about 70 million, which compromised about 22 percent of its budget.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Trump, saying, “This is a courageous and ethical decision because UNESCO has become a theater of the absurd; instead of preserving history, it distorts it.”


Let us continue to pray for the Trump Administration, Israel and the overall situation in the Middle East. Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — U.N. Moves Against Israel

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Believe it or not, the United Nations has earmarked millions of dollars for Palestinian efforts to pursue international legal action against Israel over the next several years.  The U.N. said it “will also strengthen its own advocacy on the impact of Israeli violations.”

Both President Donald Trump and U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley have shown steadfast support for Israel and we are grateful to them.

I was able to thank the president personally for his support for Israel at a dinner I attended with him recently. But you and I must join in our support through much needed prayer efforts and also by calling our congressmen and asking them to stand boldly for Israel against those who openly seek its destruction.


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

State Department announces United States’ departure from UNESCO

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Washington, D.C. — This morning, the U.S. State Department announced its intention to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the end of 2018 due to UNESCO’s continued anti-Israel bias. The United States would remain a nonmember observer state, being privy to discussions on culture, education, science, and communication.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say:

“Today, our State Department made a crucial decision to stand up for our closest and greatest ally in the Middle East by choosing not to align the U.S. with an organization that is blatantly biased against Israel. It is critical that Americans support Israel — the only country in the region that reflects the democratic ideals of our nation.

“UNESCO has demonstrated their anti-Israel bias again and again – proving their dedication to being politically correct is greater than their dedication to advancing human rights globally. The U.S. halted funding to the organization after it admitted the Palestinian Authority as a full member in 2011. And yet, UNESCO still chose not to expel Syria from its human rights committee inspite of their 2012 civil war and repeated resolutions inciting violence against Israel as an occupying power.

“Enough is enough. Although the United States helped found UNESCO in 1945, our nation’s concern about human rights abuses in the Middle East are continuously ignored. UNESCO must know that their resolutions against Israel have consequences. I applaud the President, Secretary Tillerson, U. N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and our State Department for taking a stand.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Capitol Hill Brief — Persist in the Fight for Israel

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As the leader of the free world, the United States has a unique role in standing in solidarity with the nation of Israel.

Unfortunately, it is becoming less and less politically correct to stand with God’s people, and our leaders are hesitant to express their support for fear of being targeted by the radical left.

They should know better.  Prime Minister Netanyahu said it best, “History has shown us time and again that what is right is not what is popular.”

The fight for Israel may not be a popular one, but it is a fight Concerned Women for America will continue to persist and highlight in our summer of perseverance, clinging to God’s promise that blessings will follow.


Now is not the time to resist; it is the time to persist.  This summer, find out how you can support a positive agenda that protects our Biblical values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

What a Trip to the Grocery Store Taught Me About Israel

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I have been in Israel for less than a week and I have already learned so much! In the Holy Land, God and history permeate the atmosphere wherever you go.

It’s Ramadan, the Muslim month-long religious observance, and tensions are noticeably high. At the Shabbat (Sabbath) meal my friend Anna and I were invited to, the host made it clear she would not recommend we go anywhere on our own.

I can’t help but be nervous as I remember stories I’ve heard on the news about terror attacks. In Israel, the possibility of an attack is a daily reality. How do Israelis live this way? I suppose they get used to it – but the fact that they have to get used to it is a tragedy in itself.

Keren, a Fellowship staff member who lives in what most of the world would call a “settlement,” drove us around her neighborhood the second day we were here. Two things she showed us stood out to me.

First, we saw the bus stop where three Jewish boys – Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali – were kidnapped in 2014. They were murdered – today, at the spot where their bodies were found, there is a beautiful park built in their honor. Kids play and family events are held in this park, and the mothers of the boys attend regularly.

The second site was a grocery store where Keren shops with her beautiful family. Here, Arabs, Jews, and Christians stand side by side as they pick out their items, and stand in the check-out line together just like any other country.

But this isn’t any other country. In this country Jews are threatened, hurt, or killed regularly by Palestinian terrorists, simply because they are Jews. Yet Jews and Arabs still stand next to each other in mundane places like the grocery store.

In light of the tension I can feel here during Ramadan, and the fact that terrorists have been waging war against Israel for decades, this seems like a miracle. Maybe, after the recent attacks in London and Manchester, the world is getting a taste of why it’s such a miracle that Israelis are still able to go about day-to-day life – that Jews and Arabs are able to mix freely and peacefully at places like that little grocery store.

There’s so much to learn here in Israel and I’m so excited to see what God has in store. I’ve already seen Him move and I’m confident He’ll show me more. God has such a heart for Israel, and I can’t wait to see more of it through His eyes.

Editor’s Note: Claire Nance is a Christian college student interning with The Fellowship in Israel this summer. She’s from Washington, D.C., and studies Communications with a minor in International Relations at Liberty University in Virginia. This post was first published on the blog of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.