As Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, several representatives of Judea, Samaria, and the Temple Mount will be on hand to bear witness to the historic event many hope will usher in a new era of close relations between the US and Biblical Israel.
Rabbi Yehudah Glick, a Likud Knesset member (MK) and Temple Mount activist, will attend along with Likud MK Sharren Haskel as part of a delegation organizd by Hayovel, a non-profit organization that brings Christian volunteers to Israel. It will be the first time that Israeli politicians attend the inauguration of a U.S. president. The group will engage in a multi-faith prayer for the new president.
“Actually I already started my prayer on Monday in the Knesset plenum,” Glick told The Jerusalem Post. “I quoted Psalms 72, a prayer that wishes to give power to the king to be successful with achieving peace, prosperity and to advance the world in the right path.”
Give the king Thy judgments, O God, and Thy righteousness unto the king’s son;That he may judge Thy people with righteousness, and Thy poor with justice. Psalms 72:1-2
“This Christian organization sends hundreds of young adults to Israel each year to work in agriculture, mainly in Samaria. Now they are having this prayer along with other pro-Zionist organizations. I am glad to continue my multi-cultural activities abroad,” he added.
“I hope to deliver to those people my message, which is that Jerusalem is the city of peace. It is an international city for all people, Jews and non-Jews, and it’s the city of global peace that knows how to bring people together. I come carrying the name of Jerusalem for this cause and I will reiterate it in all of my meetings,” he said to The Jerusalem Post. “From my understanding, most of the Trump administration…supports building [in Judea and Samaria] and expanding settlements.
“I believe that this is the way to achieve peace,” Glick said. “At some point the Palestinians will understand that this is what is best for them. I am optimistic, and I think that we have an opportunity here that we should not miss,” he said. “Our capital is Jerusalem and I see no reason why all countries should not move their embassies there.”
Joining the delegation will be Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, Deputy Director of the World Mizrachi Movement. In a pre-inauguration speech in front of a religious audience in Washington DC, Gimpel emphasized the near-Biblical significance of Trump’s inauguration.
“I believe Donald Trump has the potential to be a legendary president. In the eyes of history, if he supports Israel’s sovereignty inJudea, Samaria and Jerusalem, he will be remembered as the Biblical King Cyrus who declared Jerusalem as the capital of the Jews more than 2,000 years ago,” Gimpel said. “There is more than enough secular diplomacy coming out Israel but the vast majority of support for Israel comes from deep religious convictions, values and beliefs.”
Also in attendance will be a delegation from the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) council, headed by Oded Revivi, mayor of Efrat in Gush Etzion and chief foreign envoy of the council, and Benny Kasriel, mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim. The delegation, representing over 400,000 Jews, was invited by the Trump administration to attend just a few weeks after outgoing President Barack Obama allowed a UN Security Council resolution to pass, declaring their cities, with a combined population of over 50,000 Jews, to be illegal.
“I definitely agree that we are now getting the VIP treatment, which is something that we have been working on for many years,” said Revivi to Times of Israel. “You could basically argue that it has taken 50 years, since 1967, to be recognized on such a level for such an event.”
“I think the new administration is definitely going to be one which is more responsive, more understanding and that is what’s bringing definitely a lot of hope,” Revivi said.