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What was it that possessed Donald Trump to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the divided city of Jerusalem, sparking this week’s bloodshed in Gaza?
It was an unprecedented decision that previous Presidents had shied away from, knowing it would dangerously inflame tensions with the Palestinians who lay claim to the eastern part of the city and whose Muslim faith has a number of sacred sites within its walls.
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With violent protests and more than 50 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli troops, the reaction has been as explosive and brutal as everyone feared.
A significant clue as to what drove Trump to make such a seemingly reckless move can be found in the two evangelical preachers who led the prayers at the embassy’s official opening on Monday.
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‘We come before you, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thanking you for bringing us to this momentous occasion in the life of your people and in the history of our world,’ intoned Robert Jeffress, a televangelist from a Texas megachurch, who also spoke at Mr Trump’s private prayer service for his inauguration.
He went on to praise the President as one who ‘stands on the right side of you, O God, when it comes to Israel’.
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His sentiments were echoed by Pastor John Hagee who delivered the ceremony’s benediction. ‘We thank you, O Lord, for President Donald Trump’s courage in acknowledging to the world a truth that was established 3,000 years ago — that Jerusalem is and always shall be the eternal capital of the Jewish people,’ he said.
Why on earth should these Texan evangelical preachers make such a song and dance about the U.S. symbolically acknowledging Jerusalem as the Israeli capital?
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Strange as it may seem, the reason is that they — and millions of evangelical Americans like them — believe it will...
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