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Watch Israel’s reaction: ‘Arabs don’t have a claim on Jerusalem’

Benjamin Netanyahu recommends people read the Bible (courtesy CBN video)

Benjamin Netanyahu recommends people read the Bible (courtesy CBN video)

It didn’t take long for the rhetoric to turn white hot when President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced the beginning of a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

While Muslims around the Middle East promised three “days of rage” over the announcement, a panel member appearing on ILTV’s special broadcast summarized the Israel argument.

“The Arabs don’t have a claim on Jerusalem. It was never an Arab capital. The Muslims don’t have a claim on Jerusalem,” said Ari Fuld, the COO of “Standing Together.”

“When you say it’s one-sided, yes, it’s the side of truth. … To give in to terrorism and to tell lies is not going to bring peace. When the Arabs realize the world is not playing their game anymore … if they want to make peace, then peace will come.”

See the full panel discussion as Israel reacted to Trump’s announcement:

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It appeared on ILTV.

WND had reported when Trump made the announcement.

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His decision was based on the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act that instructed the federal government to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that city as Israel’s capital.

But it’s been bypassed ever since.

Trump had promised during his campaign to take this action, and fulfilled that promise on Wednesday.

World Israel News reported the city’s walls “were illuminated with the Israeli and U.S. flags in appreciation to Trump for recognizing the Israeli capital.”

The mayor released a statement that the recognition is “a historic declaration that sends a clear message to the entire world that the United States stands alongside the Jewish people, the state of Israel and Jerusalem.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained, “Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.

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Danny Canon, Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, said it was righting an historic wrong.

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“Now is the time for all U.N. member-states to follow the lead of our American friends and recognize our ancient capital of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”

“Jerusalem was and will remain our eternal capital, but now there’s also recognition,” exclaimed Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

The message delivered from Arab interests contrasted. In addition to their promised days of “rage,” Ayman Odeh, chief of the Joint List, which is a group of Arab-majority political parties, blasted the U.S. president.

“Trump is a pyromaniac who could set the entire region on fire with his madness. The last few days prove decisively that the United States cannot remain the sponsor or arbitrator in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Trump explained his announcement is a “new approach” to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

The law never has been followed, he said, because previous presidents believed “that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace.”

But after decades of that position, “we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.”

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and president of Christians in Defense of Israel, said, “In every country worldwide, the U.S. respects the choice of the nation state and locates its embassy in the capital. However, the embassy in Israel is in Tel Aviv, despite the fact that Israel designates Jerusalem as its capital and despite the fact that Congress voted to move the embassy to Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 passed the Senate by 93-5 and the House by 374-37 to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by requiring the withholding of State Department funds if was not moved. However, the law was never implemented because of opposition from former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.”

And Tony Perkins, of Family Research Council, said, “Today is a major milestone in America’s historic relationship with Israel. Under the bold and courageous leadership of President Trump, America is finally putting American interests and the interests of our key allies first. America’s foreign policy, as it pertains to Israel, is coming into alignment with this biblical truth: Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state.”

WND had reported earlier in the week that the decision was expected, and just the expectation was causing riots to break out among Palestinians.

European leaders in Britain, France, Germany and Sweden all criticized the move, as did the U.S. establishment media. The Washington Post, for instance, posted a headline that quoted the Swedish foreign minister calling Trump’s decision “catastrophic.”

These denouncements come on the heels of the United Nations passing six resolutions condemning Israel on Dec. 1, which the U.N. declared “Palestine Day.”

Joseph Farah, founder of WND.com and author of “The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians and the End of the Age,” issued the following statement:

Even though I knew this announcement was coming, it was historic and exciting to watch. Frankly, after being a close observer of American-Israeli relations and a frequent visitor to Israel, I doubted I would ever see this day come, given 28 years of waffling by U.S. presidents. All I can say is, “Thank you President Trump for fulfilling a campaign promise that the previous four president never kept.”

Thank President Trump for his courageous stance on Jerusalem and for all his accomplishments during his first year in office. Send him a FREE card of your choice. Go to ThankTrump.us

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