White House: President Doesn't Agree with Embassy Invocation Pastor's Damnation of Jews

Pastor Robert Jeffress

Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress to give prayer at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

President Donald Trump decided a year ago to move the new USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "this is a day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations", speaking at the ceremony in Jerusalem.

Other nations should "follow suit as soon as possible and recognize the self-evident truth that Jerusalem is Israel's eternal capital", Greenblatt said, adding that now is the time to "work together toward reducing tensions and creating conditions conducive for the rapid resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations leading to a two-state solution". It has put the U.S.at odds with most of the global community and sparked deadly protests.

A key constituent of U.S. President Donald Trump, American Evangelical Christian leaders praised the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday and the American leader for keeping his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We find it amusing that the next person to be elected on that "path" was President Trump.

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The embassy move was "the right thing to do", StandWithUs executive director Michael Dickson said, and Trump's decision "says no to those who would distort history, no to appeasing terror and violence and yes to a peaceful future based on what is true and what is right".

For what it's worth, Jeffress, who has called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a "cult", endorsed Romney for president in 2012.

In recent years, Jeffress has frequently denounced Islam, calling it an "evil religion" that "promotes pedophilia" because the Prophet Mohammed married a 9-year-old girl.

In addition to his remarks on Jews, Jeffress has referred to both Mormonism and Islam as "a heresy from the pit of Hell". Jeffress also stated he would "express gratitude for our tremendous President, Donald Trump".

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"Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone", Mr Jeffres tweeted in defence of his previous comments. Millions of them do, but the fact that I and hundreds of millions of evangelical Christians around the world believe what Jesus said about the way to heaven does not make us a bigot.

"There's going to be for those that are kind of more aligned with President Trump and his way of thinking is that we're going to continue to stand along and be strong allies with Israel", said Dr. Nick Pitts, head of the Institute for Global Studies at Dallas Baptist University.

The embassy's relocation formally breaks from decades of established American policy and worldwide practice in a move U.S. officials say will create greater regional stability.

"For some, according to one Brookings Institute fellow, he says this is simply just pouring gasoline onto an already burning fire", he said.

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Jeffress' participation in the program, announced last week, renewed attention to past comments he has made about non-Christian faiths.

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