When Trump was campaigning for the White House, he had a strong Zionist support. It was payback time when declared Jerusalem, a disputed city between Israel and Palestine, as the capital of Israel.
While violent protests continue across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, the U.S. president’s reckless decision faced widespread criticism even from allies and triggered threats to American forces overseas.
However, Palestinian Christians and Muslims have come together in a show of solidarity.
59-year-old Fredrick Hazo, a member of the Assyrian Catholic church in Jerusalem, told Reuters that Trump is “dragging all the world into trouble”, and called on the U.S. president to reverse his decision.
“We are united – Christians, Muslims, we are one. In this sacred place, God is protecting us all. We are guarded by his angels in Jerusalem.”
33-year-old Palestinian supermarket cashier Mohammed al-Hawa said that there is no logic behind Trump’s decision and that he ignored the more complex reality on the ground.
“People of all faith in Jerusalem were united in prayer, even if they were divided over politics. Christians, Jews and Muslims live in this city together. There is no problem between them. Only the politics. The governments want to make wars. This is my city – my blood, my life.”
Though the Christian community worldwide is divided, Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, has called for the status quo of Jerusalem to be respected.
Meanwhile, the Episcopal Church of the United States has warned that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “could have profound ramifications on the peace process and the future of a two-state solution”.
However, white evangelicals in the U.S. support the decision saying the land Israel currently occupies was given to the ancient people of Israel by God. During the presidential campaign, Trump convened a circle of evangelical advisers, assuring them of his support for Judeo-Christian values in the U.S. As a result, many white evangelicals ended up voting for Trump.
Dallas-based Mike Evans, part of an evangelical group that met Trump after he announced his decision, said:
“We are all bible-believers and we believe that this is the bible-land and that Jerusalem is the ancient capital of Israel back to the days of King David. So for our president to stand up and declare it makes us extremely proud and honored.”