President Donald Trump promised to restore the fracturing relationship between The United States and Israel, which had grown increasingly contentious during President Barack Obama’s 8-year term.
Trump landed in Tel Aviv today and was greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who pointed out the ground breaking nature of this trip. “Your visit here, Mr. President, is truly historic,” Netanyahu said. “Never before has a first trip of a president of the United States included a trip to Israel. Thank you, Mr. President.”
There is a lot of history being made on this trip. Trump becomes the first sitting U.S. President to pray and leave a note at the Western Wall. Barack Obama went during the summer of 2008 prior to his election. Watch:
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Here’s how it went down, according to reports:
Trump, wearing a yarmulke, placed his right hand on the wall and swayed slightly back and forth with his eyes closed. He was flanked by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich.
He reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a white folded up note, and placed it into a crack in the wall.
The United States does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Israelis are treating the incoming administration with optimism, but also a bit of caution. More from CBN News:
“There’s no doubt about that because it is a change from the tension of the Obama administration,” CBN News Senior Editor John Waage said. “But there are concerns that the administration has not been speaking with one voice (about issues) that are very important to Israelis.
“One of them being the move of the (U.S.) embassy, which you have some members of the administration saying Tel Aviv is still the capital of Israel and others saying we believe Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” Waage explained. “The administration has to speak with one voice on this and right now they are not.”
Relations with Israel is one of the key issues that propelled Trump to victory verses Hillary Clinton. This is precisely the sort of action Christians hoped for when choosing to overlook Trump’s numerous unsavory moral flaws.
The historic nature of this trip certainly sets things off on a good tone. For continuing coverage of this visit, including live video and more, stay tuned to ongoing coverage from CBN News.
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