How will Trump’s Presidency affect Israel?

Ron Cantor —  November 18, 2016 —  Comments
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I was 100% sure that when I woke up the day after the election, Hillary Clinton would be on her way to being inaugurated the next president. Clearly, like so many, I was wrong—and so happy I was. While personally I was never a fan of President Trump (for obvious reasons of character), I did like a lot of his policies and Ms. Clinton would have been disastrous. In the beginning of his candidacy, he made a strategic error regarding Israel. He said that he would remain neutral in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, adding correctly “You understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal [peace between Israel and the Palestinians].” But then he said, “I don’t want to say whose fault it is — I don’t think that helps.”

This led to a firestorm of criticism. He was not approaching the issue from someone who knows the facts on the ground, the bias against Israel or the double standards that she deals with every day. Rather, he approached it as a businessman—a negotiator—making a deal. One thing Trump cannot yet understand is negotiations in Middle Eastern culture. Even President Bush and President Obama fell prey regarding this issue, being naive in comparison to the skilled manipulators in the Middle Eastern Arab countries, where lying is not a sin, but an honorable art form.

Trump/Pence Got It on Israel

But then Trump gave his AIPAC speech and hit it out of the park. Pro-Israel Christians and Zionist Jews were raving about his passionate support for the Jewish state. Mike Pence, only days before the election, released a video addressed to Republicans in Israel, expressing unwavering support for the Jewish State. He called Israel not merely a friend, but America’s best friend. Trump has promised to do something that no president has yet done. We have a fully functional, state of the art Embassy for the United States in Jerusalem. But it is not operational because no president has had the chutzpa (gumption) to move it from Tel Aviv. Trump has pledged to do this.

I will curse those who curse you—Genesis 12:3b

Bush came in as pro-Israel and was blessed as a leader. But then he pledged to divide Israel’s land and encouraged the evacuation of 10,000 Jews from Gaza, and things went downhill from there in regards to his presidency. Obama, from the beginning, was hostile towards America’s best friend, even to the point of exuding rudeness and hostility to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Now, not only is he done as president (because of term limits), but also his entire agenda from Obamacare to Immigration Amnesty has been rejected by the American people and will most likely be reversed.

I will bless those who bless you—Genesis 12:3a

It doesn’t take a prophet to tell President Trump how things will go for him and, thus, America, if he backs down from his bold pledge of support for Israel (there will be tremendous pressure on him to do so and most who have gone before him have faltered under its weight). God will bless him and America if he leads the way he proclaimed in his AIPAC speech and moves the embassy (going against the wishes of the UN and most nations). It is really is that simple. If he crumbles under the weight and compromises his commitment, the Lord will not be pleased. But if he sticks to his guns, and favors Israel, God will most surely favor him and the nation will benefit.

“The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire”?

Great Britain was once the best friend of the Jewish people and thus the greatest power on earth. They used to say, the sun never sets on the British Empire. But then she became hardened against the Jews, taking 80% of the proposed Jewish homeland to create Jordan. In 1939, as Hitler was beginning his Final Solution, Great Britain closed British controlled Palestine to Jewish immigration from Europe, leaving them to die. And the sun quickly set on Great Britain, and she is now a shell of her former self.

Harry S. Truman was the first head of state to recognize Israel on May 14, 1948. He began a long legacy of the United States being Israel’s best friend, and the US quickly replaced Great Britain as the greatest power on earth.

I, for one, will be praying for President Trump to stand strong in the face of opposition when it comes to Israel. It will mean blessing for the United States of America and for Israel. I did not vote for him in the primary, and while I did vote for him in the election, it wasn’t easy (Hillary was never an option obviously), I am now firmly interceding for the new commander-in-chief to be the president that America needs. And I am rejoicing to no end that Hillary Clinton is finished in politics and will not be able to continue the moral decline in our country or place anti-constitutional liberals on the Supreme Court.

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  1. Steven Wilcox says:

    I agree with you in that we need to pray for President Trump, that he and those who advise him, will seek God’s wisdom in the direction our country will go. Like you, Trump was not my first choice and my vote for him was a vote against Hillary Clinton.
    One thing that I might add, is that I have never remembered a time in my life seeing so many people praying for our countries election. My biggest concern now, is that people will stop praying, now that we have “won”. Our prayers are needed now more than ever.
    The two biggest issues that were bringing God’s judgement on our country, by Obama to be followed by Clinton, were abortion and our treatment of Israel. We sincerely need to be praying for the elimination of one and the support of the other. Abortion is the domestic flag issue of the Democratic Liberal agenda and they are not going to give this up without a fight. Their international diplomatic issue, is Israel, and unfortunately, anti-semitism through the BDS movement is gaining ground, especially in some of the “Christian” churches.
    I pray that we will continue to seek God’s will for Israel and the United States and for the leaders of our nation to recognize the need for a definitive goodwill relationship between the two countries.

  2. Hello Pastor Ron. Blessings to you in Yeshua.

    Donald Trump may not be exactly a diplomat at times or have smooth speech like a polished politician. If you can get past the man and some of his character flaws (not excusing them) and see the policies he wants to implement for America and especially concerning Israel he clearly backs the Jewish state a 100%. I was really impressed with his speech to AIPAC.

    Below are some extracts from his speech to AIPAC.

    “I didn’t come here tonight to pander to you about Israel. That’s what politicians do: all talk no action. I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the
    future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship, and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel. My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran. I have been in business a long time. I know deal-making and let me tell you, this deal is catastrophic – for America, for Israel, and for the whole Middle East…”

    “When I become President, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on Day One. I will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately. I have known him for many years and we will be able to work closely together to help bring stability and peace to Israel and to the entire region…”

    “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem – and we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of Israel. The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable. They must come to the table willing and able to stop the terror being committed on a daily basis against Israel and they must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State…”

    If he “stays the course” as the President Elect he will truly become Israel’s ally.
    Hopefully he will get the ongoing support of Congress in this matter after he has “cleaned house.” Furthermore, with Mike Pence ( a humble Bible believing
    man) as the Vice Presidential at his side Donald may well be encouraged to take his stand on Biblical grounds where making policy is concerned and see more clearly the LORD’s perspective on Israel from the Bible. Mikes love and support for the Jewish people is passionately clear!

    From what I understand, not being an American, that even though there were Freemasons on the Mayflower sailing to America with their own agenda for the new colony there were also Bible believing Evangelical believers on board as well. America was not founded on freemasonry but on Biblical Christianity. May the LORD yet have mercy on this great nation

    The LORD has dealt decisively with the ungodly Obama and Clinton administration who clearly did not love or support the Jewish nation, neither did they acknowledge that the City of Jerusalem, where God has chosen to put His name forever, is the eternal and undivided and undisputed Capital of the nation of Israel!!!

    In these days the state of Israel needs all the friends it can get. With the Time of Jacob’s Trouble ahead Israelis need to hear the gospel! May the LORD bless you and the fellowship over there and all true Messianic believers who carry a burden for the salvation of our Jewish brothers and sisters in the flesh.

    Shalom. Brother Raoul