In America, we know that the relationship between Israel and America is crucial. In previous years and administrations, the relationship was not strong or anywhere near being a good one; it was to the point of America working against Israel. Now in the Trump Administration, the relationship is stronger than ever! President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu have both confirmed this in their recent meeting concerning the Golan Heights and America recognizing it as a part of Israel!
President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke from the Diplomatic Room at the White House and shared their words of an alliance between the countries. Right before this meeting, there was a rocket attack on Israel from Hamas which wounded several people including children which President Trump expresses his condolences.
“The despicable attack this morning demonstrates the significant security challenges that Israel faces every single day. And today, I am taking historic action to promote Israel’s ability to defend itself, and really to have a very powerful, very strong national security, which they’re entitled to have. In a moment, I will sign a presidential proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereign right over the Golan Heights. The State of Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats.
“Today, aggressive action by Iran and terrorist groups in southern Syria, including Hezbollah, continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel. Very violent attacks. Any possible future peace agreement must account for Israel’s need to defend itself from Syria, Iran, and other regional threats. We do not want to see another attack like the one suffered this morning north of Tel Aviv…
“Under my administration, the unbreakable alliance between the United States and Israel has never been stronger. You read things; you hear things. It’s never been stronger. Just remember that. People talk, but it’s only talk. Our relationship is powerful. At this moment, the American embassy stands proudly in Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish people have established. And they’ve wanted the embassy for many, many years — for many decades — and, frankly, through many Presidents. And we got it done. Not only did we get it done, but we also got it built at a slight cost saving, like about one-billion-dollar cost saving…
“We have defeated the caliphate in Syria. We have withdrawn from the horrible Iran nuclear deal and imposed the toughest-ever sanctions. And these are, by far, the toughest ever on the Iranian regime. It’s having a big effect. Iran is not the same country that it was when I took office. The day I took office, we had threats all over the Middle East and beyond. Iran is a much different place right now than it was. As I said during my State of the Union Address, we will not avert our eyes from the dictatorship that chants “Death to America,” “Death to Israel,” and calls for genocide against the Jewish people. We won’t let them even consider that. We will confront the poison of anti-Semitism through both our words and, maybe even more importantly, our actions. In the last century, humanity witnessed the horrific consequences of anti-Semitism and a world without a Jewish homeland. In the wake of those unthinkable horrors, the Jewish people built a mighty nation in the Holy Land — something very, very powerful, something very special and important.
“Today, Israel demonstrates that incredible possibilities when strong, sovereign, and independent nations chart their own destinies. There can be no better example of greatness than what Israel has done, starting from such a small speck of sand. Israel is an inspiration, a trusted ally, and a cherished friend. The United States will always stand by its side. I’d like to now invite Prime Minister Netanyahu to say a few words. And Bibi and I have known each other for a long time. He’s another one who truly, truly loves Israel. I think I can say he also loves the United States. So, before I sign the presidential proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, I’d like to ask Prime Minister Netanyahu to say a few words…”
Prime Minister Netanyahu gives his remarks concerning the relationship between America and Israel, also expressing that America recognizing Golan Heights as a part of Israel is an act of historical justice!
“Mr. President, my dear friend, Donald: You have shown, consistently, incredible support for Israel, for our right to self-defense. When we exercise that self-defense, you have never flinched. You have always been there, including today. And I thank you…
“I have a simple message to Israel’s enemies: We will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our states. After this meeting, I will return home, ahead of schedule, to lead the people of Israel and the soldiers of Israel. But before I go, Mr. President, it was so kind of you to invite me to come here, and it was so important for me to come here to the White House and to thank you.
“Mr. President, over the years, Israel has been blessed to have many friends who sat in the Oval Office. But Israel has never had a better friend than you. You show this time and again. You showed this when you withdrew from the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. I remember in one of our first meetings, you said, “This is a horrible deal. I will leave it.” You said it; you did it. You showed it when you restored sanctions against a genocidal regime that seeks to destroy the one and only Jewish State. You said, “I will restore those sanctions.” You said it, and you did it. You showed that when you recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the American embassy there — and gave us a tremendous ambassador. You said it; you did it. And you’ve showed it once again, Mr. President, with your official proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“Mr. President, ladies, and gentlemen, this is truly a historic day. For two decades, from 1948 to 1967, Syria rained deadly fire from the Golan Heights on Israel’s citizens below. A generation of Israeli children lived in constant danger. And then, in two glorious days, in June 1967, the brave soldiers of Israel scaled those daunting heights and liberated the Golan. But while Israel won those two wars, we would have to wait nearly half a century until this moment here, in this room, to translate our military victory into a diplomatic victory. And that is why, Mr. President, your decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty on the Golan Heights is so historic.
“Your recognition is a two-fold act of historic justice. Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of self-defense, and the Jewish people’s roots in the Golan go back thousands of years. In the long sweep of Jewish history, there have been a handful of proclamations by non-Jewish leaders on behalf of our people in our land: Cyrus the Great, the great Persian king; Lord Balfour; President Harry S. Truman; and President Donald J. Trump. And you, Mr. President — Mr. President, you’ve done it not once but twice, with your bold proclamation on Jerusalem and with your bold proclamation today on the Golan.
“Your proclamation comes at a time when the Golan is more important than ever for our security — when Iran is trying to establish bases in Syria to strike at Israel. From across the border in Syria, Iran has launched drones into our airspace, missiles into our territory. Mr. President, just as Israel stood tall in 1967, just as it stood tall in 1973, Israel stands tall today. We hold the high ground, and we shall never give it up. Mr. President, we have a saying in Israel. I’ll say it in Hebrew. It says, “Ha’am im HaGolan.” That means, “The people are with the Golan.” But thanks to you, we now know that there are two peoples who stand with the Golan: the people of Israel and the people of America.
“So, on behalf of all the people of Israel: Thank you, President Trump. Thank you for your leadership, thank you for your friendship, and thank you for all you have done to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger and greater than ever. Thank you, Mr. President.”
It is important for America to be a friend of Israel! God is always watching Israel, the apple of His eye. Our president recognizing, and blessing Israel has, in turn, caused America to be blessed!
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3
We must continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the coming vote for the prime minister as Prime Minister Netanyahu is under attack. Pray, pray, pray! We want to hear what you think about this! Write to us at [email protected]. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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