mercredi 16 mai 2018

Donald Trump cares more about re-election than the lives and rights of Palestinians

Donald Trump se soucie plus de sa réélection que de la vie et des droits des palestiniens

One of the more curious campaign videos from Donald Trump’s battle for the White House was released at the end of January 2016, and was a direct appeal to Iowa’s Christian evangelicals.

Trump held up what he said was a bible given to him by his mother. “She wrote the name and my address and it’s just very special to me,” he said, in a quiet voice. He then referred to polls showing his strong support among evangelicals and added: “I want to thank the evangelicals. I will never let you down.”

The following day, Trump went to church in Council Bluffs and confused the silver communion plates that were passed around with the offering plates, reaching for dollar bills from his pocket and leading some to question just how frequently he attended such services.

It did not matter. Trump’s appeal had worked. After he claimed a surprise victory that November, it would emerge he had secured the support of 81 per cent of white evangelicals.

This week, as the US controversially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and scores of Palestinian protesters were shot dead by Israeli snipers and soldiers, the evangelicals received their reward. 

Those seeking to reconcile how a group of conservative Christians could support a thrice-married casino owner who bragged about sexually assaulting women and whose lawyer would feel obliged to pay hush money to an adult actress on the eve of the election, need look no further than the reaction from evangelicals to the embassy’s opening, amid slaughter in Gaza.

“We are deeply grateful to President Trump for finally recognising the reality that Jerusalem is the eternal, indivisible capital of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people, and that the United States Embassy belongs in Jerusalem,” wrote evangelical Ralph Read, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and director of the powerful Christian Coalition during the 1990s. 

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu hail US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

The Rev David Swaggerty, leader of CharismaLife Ministries in Columbus, Ohio, told the Religion News Service, that the embassy relocation was not simply a geopolitical bonus. “We see the embassy as crucial to God’s timing to bring about the revelation of the messiah,” he said. 

Robert Jeffress, the controversial pastor who previously suggested Jews and Muslims might be heading to hell, was asked to pray at the embassy’s opening. “Israel has blessed this world by pointing us to you, the one true God, through the message of her prophets, the scriptures, and the messiah,” he said.

In essence, some evangelicals believe the transfer of the embassy and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will help bring about the so-called rapture, an event in which they believe all Christians, living and dead, will join with God. As news website Vox pointed out, these interpretations based on the books of Revelation and Daniel, suggest the return of Jesus will take place once the Jewish temple in Jerusalem is rebuilt and Israel is made an ex...

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