I support the decision of our government to relocate the United States Embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv to its rightful location in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem. I recognize both the spiritual and political implications of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and affirm the following:
- I believe the Bible teaches that Jerusalem existed as a city in biblical and secular history and belongs primarily to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the Jewish people (Joshua 10:1, Joshua 15:7-8, 2 Chronicles. 3:1, Nehemiah 2:11-15).
- I believe the Bible teaches that since the days of King David, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel, situated within the divinely granted biblical boundaries of the nation of Israel (1 Chronicles 11:4-8, 2 Chronicles 6:5-6, Genesis 15:18-20).
- I believe the Bible teaches that while the Jewish people have been unwillingly displaced from their homeland many times throughout the years, that the return to Zion was nurtured and cherished throughout the centuries (Psalm 126:1-6).
- I believe the Bible teaches that there is never a time when Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, or when the land of Israel does not rightfully belong to the Jewish people (Zechariah 1:17, 2 Kings 21:7, Psalm 48:1-3)
- I believe the Hebrew Bible teaches Jewish people to be kind to the “stranger” and to share the Promised Land with others who are not Jewish. (Exodus 22:21, 23:9, Leviticus 19:33-34, Deuteronomy 10:18-19).
In recent years, many nations have tried to erase Israel’s biblical and historical connection to Jerusalem, attempting to delegitimize Israel and the Jewish people as a nation. I oppose this anti-Israel bias and affirm the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995:
Jerusalem should remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected…[and] Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel.
Therefore, I will stand with Israel and support our government’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to pray for her as encouraged by the psalmist, David:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.” For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good. (Psalm 122:6-9)