In May of 1948, the people of Israel declared themselves an Independent state while in the midst of a crisis. The tiny nation of disparate Jews who had come together from across the globe, in the wake of one of the most horrible pogroms in world history, were under siege by the allied armies of the Arab Legion, made up of soldiers from many different Arab nations and clans.
The Jewish people were massively outnumbered and outgunned, but they had hope that they could rebuild their homeland and make a place for themselves where they could not be persecuted. On the day they declared independence they worried that if the international community failed to recognize their claim of sovereignty, then their entire movement could collapse. Fortunately, the United States was ready and the moment the ragged freedom fighters from Poland, France, Ukraine, Germany, Holland, Bulgaria, Palestine, and from all over the world finally announced their independence – the American government gave their claim legitimacy by recognizing Israel’s right to exist as an independent nation.
In the wake of our acceptance, other nations stood to welcome Israel in even as their Arab enemies defied their announcement and refused to recognize a free, and independent Israel.
Perhaps, we could be witnessing such a moment in history again?
Perhaps, while President Obama’s “legacy” has already been wiped from the pages of history and hardly any of his “accomplishments” remain, one of President Trump’s most enduring legacies will be his decision to solidify Israel’s legitimate place in our political world.
Now, we just need other nations and other leaders to act with the same conviction, fortitude, and compassion that our President has… and it may already be beginning.
On Christmas Eve Guatemala’s President, Jimmy Morales, announced via Facebook that his nation would be following the United States’ example and moving their embassy to Jerusalem.
Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. We are talking about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel.
One of the most important topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem.
So I inform you that I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be.
God bless you.
God bless you, my friend, President Jimmy Morales. God bless both our countries, Israel and Guatemala. I told you recently there would be other countries that will recognize Jerusalem and move their embassies. I repeat: There will be more, this is just the beginning.
(He makes the statement in English about 1:25 into the video.)
תודה לנשיא גואטמלה ג׳ימי מוראלס על החלטתו להעביר את שגרירות גואטמלה לירושלים. זוהי רק ההתחלה, מדינות נוספות בדרך! דבריי בפתח ישיבת סיעת הליכוד: pic.twitter.com/Z4iRZ2zjVN
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 25, 2017
Israel’s Speaker of Parliament, Yuli Edelstein, cheered Guatemala’s decision taking to Twitter to say:
“I congratulate my friend @jimmymoralesgt on his bold decision to move his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.Your decision proves that you & your country are true friends of Israel & I am confident the ties between us will only grow stronger to the benefit of both countries.”
I congratulate my friend @jimmymoralesgt on his bold decision to move his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.Your decision proves that you & your country are true friends of Israel & I am confident the ties between us will only grow stronger to the benefit of both countries pic.twitter.com/ePz63mGWtj
— Yuli Edelstein 🇮🇱 (@YuliEdelstein) December 25, 2017
Also on Monday, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told attendees at a Likud party event that the parliamentary heads of two other countries had echoed their desire to move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. According to the Walla news Romania and Slovakia are planning to make such a move. Paraguay and Togo are reportedly also considering such a move.
Honduras may also be considering such a move:
In recent years Israel and Honduras have had close relations; in 2016 the two countries signed an agreement so Israel could aid Honduras’ armed forces to fight organized crime. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez graduated from MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.
Honduras joined Guatemala last week to vote against the UN General Assembly’s resolution condemning President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Democrats often like to pretend that history is “on their side” on issues of cultural and social importance. While I usually disagree with them making such grandiose historical assertions with such little support from history (how could they possibly know how history will look back on their actions/votes), I will echo their sentiments in this case.
History is on our side when it comes to our unwavering support of Israel.
Israel is a force for good in the world and it is the one stabilizing force in a chaotic Middle East. Why? Because Israel defends the democratic, Judeo-Christian principles of Western Civilization. Israel stands for the rights of all people to live freely, peaceably, and safely. Israel must be defended or the Middle East could end up being the powder keg that destroys the world as we know it.
We praise those nations with the bravery, fortitude and foresight to defend Israel from the useless bureaucrats of the United Nations.