Presidential Campaign for Israel
Five guiding principles for the candidates to adopt
During this historic presidential election, one of the key issues facing the USA is our relationship with Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East.
The vast majority of Americans support Israel, and it is our responsibility to make sure that the next President of the United States reflects the will of people and stands in friendship with the nation and people of Israel.
The US Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has initiated a letter to the Presidential candidates highlighting five principles that fortify the relationship between the United States and our great friend, Israel.
Based on biblical truths and the mutually beneficial relationship between the US and Israel, we are asking both candidates to agree to these five principles:
✔ Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US Embassy there
✔ Renew the ten -year Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Israel which provides aid in response to Israel’s growing security needs
✔ Oppose the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel
✔ Sanction Iran’s relentless actions as the world’s leading sponsor of terror
✔ Reject third party solutions to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict not negotiated by the two parties
Trump Signs on to ICEJ’s Five Guiding Principles For Israel
On November 2, 2016, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, affirmed to Susan Michael, US Director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), his support for five principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship. This came in response to a request made to Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton to agree to the principles presented by the ICEJ and its network, American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI), which represents 60 million Evangelicals.
A petition addressed to the candidates signed by some 40,000 grassroots Americans, and the ACLI letter signed by 650 Christian leaders across America, emphasized locating the US Embassy to Jerusalem, supporting security aid to Israel, monitoring and acting on Iran’s terrorism and violations of the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement, rejecting third party solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict forced on Israel, and opposing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions efforts levied at Israel.
The ACLI letter was signed by Evangelical leaders representing diverse groups and denominations including Hispanic and African American Christians; among them Dr. Jerry Johnson, CEO- National Religious Broadcasters; Roberta Combs, President-Christian Coalition; Rev. Dr. Sam Rodriguez, President-National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Penny Nance, CEO-Concerned Women for America; Rev. Harry Jackson, Presiding Bishop-International Communion of Evangelical Churches; Jane Hansen Hoyt, President-AGLOW International; Dr. James Dobson, President-Family Talk Radio; Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host; and Jim Showers, Executive Director-The Friends of Israel.
In a meeting on September 25 with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at Trump Tower, the Republican presidential candidate already declared, “If I’m president, I’ll recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.” Then on October 26, in a video at a Republican event in Jerusalem, Trump commented, “My administration will stand side-by-side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans and Israelis. Together, we will stand up to enemies, like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people, together we will make America and Israel safe again.”
Susan Michael responded to his comments saying, “The policies Mr. Trump has agreed to will enhance Israel’s standing in the world and directly benefit the United States in security, innovation, technology, and intelligence.”
Secretary Clinton is yet to respond to the ICEJ’s request to agree to the five key principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship.