Since Israeli tanks smashed through the Mandelbaum Gate in June, 1967, Jerusalem has been united. Throughout 3,000 years of history, Jerusalem was never the capital of any other kingdom or empire. Not the Persians, not the Greeks, not the Romans, not the Byzantines, not the Ottomans, not the British. Only the Jews have made Jerusalem their beloved capital city. Only the Jews face Jerusalem to pray.
Jerusalem can never mean to others what it means to the Jewish people. But Jerusalem also has vast meaning for Americans. Our Founding Fathers identified our struggle for freedom closely with that of the Jewish people. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson even tried to make the Exodus of the Jewish people out of Egypt the Great Seal of the United States. Abraham Lincoln, on the last carriage ride of his life, told his wife he wanted to visit Jerusalem. Harry Truman recognized Israel’s independence just minutes after it was declared. Millions of Americans, Jewish and Christian alike, know that God’s promise to Abraham applies to us as well: Who blesses you I will bless; who curses you I will curse.
Those same Arab leaders who have spent the last 69 years cursing Israel are today being swept away in a great intifada against their own corrupt rule. New rulers, some even bloodier, even more hateful toward Israel and America, are being thrust up.They need to see a strong horse in America. They need to see us standing with Israel and respecting Israelis’ choice of their own capital. We obligingly moved our embassy in Germany to Berlin—when the Germans asked us to. We fought two world wars against Germany. The least we should do for our only ally in the Mideast is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem—and put our embassy there.