JPOST: Christian Allies Celebrate U.S., Guatemala Embassy Moves in Knesset

By: Lahav Harkov | MAY 16, 2018

 Congressman Juan Manuel Diaz Duran, chairman of the Guatemalan Israel Allies Caucus, spoke at the event on behalf of his government.

Political and religious leaders from Israel, the US and Guatemala gathered in the Knesset on Wednesday to celebrate the American and Guatemalan embassies’ move to Jerusalem.

Knesset Christian Allies Caucus director Josh Reinstein explained that the embassies moving to the capital is proof that the caucus’s premise works.

“We’re celebrating the biggest victory of faith-based diplomacy that the world has ever seen,” Reinstein said. “We had this idea that you can take people who have biblical support for Israel and turn it into real political action and we can start doing things that people thought was unheard of, and that’s exactly what happened this week.”

The Christian Allies Caucus is a multiparty caucus of 19 members of Knesset, aiming to foster communication between Israeli legislators and Christian leaders and politicians around the world. There are 38 Israel Allies Caucuses in nations worldwide, under the auspices of the Israel Allies Foundation.

Congressman Juan Manuel Díaz-Durán, chairman of the Guatemalan Israel Allies Caucus, spoke at the event on behalf of his government.

“The solidarity and friendship between the people of Guatemala and Israel has been very clear, since 1947, when the Republic of Guatemala played a determining role in world events by casting the second vote at the UN to recognize the State of Israel,” Díaz-Durán said.

Rep. Alan Clemmons of the South Carolina House of Representatives, who authored the Israel plank in the Republican platform, stating that the US will move the embassy to Jerusalem, also attended the event, sporting a blue-and-white bow tie.

“I’m very excited to be here today,” Clemmons said. “[We’re] honoring Guatemala and their decision to relocate their embassy in Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital. That’s meaningful to me being that we just celebrated the American Embassy. I’m looking forward to the next embassies opening in Jerusalem.”

Knesset Christian Allies Caucus chairman Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu) said that “Jerusalem” has the same root in Hebrew as the words “peace” and “wholeness,” and those are the things people should mention in their prayers for Jerusalem.

“The moving of US and Guatemala embassies to Jerusalem is a historic milestone. I do believe that it is a path for peacemaking, as it recognizes the history and reflects the truth, and peace can only be based on the truth,” Ilatov said.

Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren said the embassies moving to Jerusalem is “the realization of a 70-year-long dream, and a 2,000-year vision of an independent Jewish state in the Land of Israel with its eternal and undivided capital, Jerusalem, recognized by the most powerful nation on earth.”

Washington D.C., May 14th - On May 15th, the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) will host what may be the largest Jerusalem Day celebration outside of Israel in the world. Over 350 participants from across the United States and representing 40 different nations will gather in Washington, DC to celebrate the reunification of Israel’s capital city and the movement of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. Co-hosted by American Christian Leaders for Israel, a project of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), Jerusalem Day will be the culminating event of their “Israel: Seventy and Strong” Gala and Summit in Washington.

“For the past six years the IAF has hosted a Jerusalem Day celebration on Capitol Hill in commemoration of the reunification of the city under Israeli sovereignty,” remarked Jordanna McMillan, IAF’s Director of Outreach and Communications. “Every year dozens of Members of Congress have called on the sitting President to move our Embassy to Jerusalem in keeping with U.S. law. Today we celebrate what we have long known as fact - that Jerusalem has only ever been the capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Now U.S. policy reflects that reality. We thank President Trump for keeping his promise, and a promise the U.S. made over 20 years ago, by moving our Embassy to its rightful location.”

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