Donald Trump stood on the side of morality and justice when he announced America would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
But shadowy forces quickly conspired to undermine Trump’s decision.
And Pope Francis sold out the President with these two words.
Christians and Jews around the world were thrilled that Donald Trump accepted the historical fact – as laid out in Scripture – that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.
The Bible tells of how King David liberated the city from the Jebusites’ occupation.
He then established it as the capital of the kingdom of Israel.
David’s son – Solomon – built the first temple in the city.
Not everyone was pleased with Trump’s decision.
Radical Islamists blasted the move in predictable fashion.
But Pope Francis took the strange position of using his Christmas message to defend the “status quo” in Jerusalem.
“Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land during his annual Christmas message, urging a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.
“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” the pope said before crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his yearly “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the City and the World”) address on noon Monday.
“On this festive day, let us ask the Lord for peace for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land,” the pontiff continued. “Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two States within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders.”
“May the Lord also sustain the efforts of all those in the international community inspired by good will to help that afflicted land to find, despite grave obstacles the harmony, justice and security that it has long awaited,” he said.
This month, when U.S. President Donald Trump announced the transfer of the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Pope Francis voiced his consternation over the decision.
In a special appeal, the pope called for respect for the “status quo” in Jerusalem while saying he was disturbed by recent news.
“My thoughts now turn to Jerusalem,” the pope said before a large crowd assembled in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. “I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the last days.”
“At the same time, I would like to make a heartfelt appeal for everyone’s commitment to respect the city’s status quo, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions,” he said.
Pope Francis took the side of the U.N. – which voted 128-9 to condemn Trump’s decision.
It was an astounding statement by the leader of the Catholic Church.
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