In yet another act of aggression towards Jews and Israel, Al-Aqsa imam and Supreme Muslim Council Head Sheikh Ekrima Sa’id Sabri has threatened that there will be war if President Elect Donald Trump moves the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. The mosque is located in the larger compound know as the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism. For this reason, the site has been a point of conflict for Jews and Muslims, who have continued to debate its ownership for nearly 2,000 years.
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised that he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a move that is highly contested. Israel’s enemies respond to strength, and it is an act of strength to declare and recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people while proving that the United States is in charge, which is why under a Donald Trump presidency, the embassy will likely be moved to Jerusalem.
“Moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem is a statement and a declaration of war against Arabs and Muslims,” said Sabri in a sermon.
“We are used to saying Al-Aqsa is in danger, but now the danger is real! Recently, the occupation has added an additional hour for Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, without the agreement of the Waqf. This decision will add to the number of hours we are being attacked, and allow additional attackers on the Temple Mount.”
Citing a biblical warning of divine judgment on nations that try to partition the land God gave to the Jewish people, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Thursday voted against a bipartisan measure supportive of Israel, because it contained favorable references to a “two-state solution.”
Gohmert said a two-state solution would mean Israel relinquishing Hebron, which he said was the capital of the kingdom of Israel for seven years before King David moved his seat to Jerusalem some 3,000 years ago (as recorded in 2 Samuel 5.)
“Hebron is in what was the ‘Promised Land.’ David ruled from there for the first seven years he was king over Israel. Hebron is part of the two-state solution, going to the Palestinians,” he said.
“How do the Palestinians deserve the land that was given [to the Jews] as the ‘Promised Land’ 1,600 years before Mohammed even existed?” Gohmert asked.
“I can’t vote for the resolution when we are advocating what Joel 3 say will bring judgment down upon our nation for trying to partition Israel,” he said. “Can’t do it.”
The Old Testament chapter cited by Gohmert prophesies that, after God has brought back His exiled people to their land He will judge all nations for scattering them and for dividing His land.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on the House floor he wished there had been an opportunity for a debate on the issue.
“I’d like to have had a debate on the one-state solution versus the two-state solution, because I believe that the two-state solution has run its course and we need to pack up our tools and ship those off to the side and start all over again with a new look.”
King introduced a resolution of his own that rejects the two-state solution which, he said, “has failed to result in a secure environment for either Israel, a free country, or the Palestinians, who are led by Islamists and autocrats.”
King said his resolution encourages Israel to pursue “its own course in direct negotiations with the Palestinians, instead of Washington dictating terms upon Jerusalem.”