President Trump announced Thursday that the United States would recognize the Golan Heights as the sovereign territory of Israel.
“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump said about the disputed territory.
As of Friday morning, the president’s tweet has garnered over 158,500 likes and more than 38,300 retweets, as well as praise from many evangelicals and conservative Christians.
Here are five evangelical Christian leaders’ reactions to Trump’s Golan Heights declaration.
Pastor and nationally syndicated radio host Greg Laurie sent out a statement via email expressing his support for the Golan Heights statement.
The senior pastor of the multicampus Harvest Christian Fellowship explained that he considered the president’s statement “critically important to Israel’s long-term health, stability, and the prosperity of Israel and her people.”
“The Golan Heights is part of land that God gave to Abraham and his descendants and has been controlled by Israel since 1967 following the Six-Day war,” said Laurie.
“It was once used to stage attacks against Israel by those hostile to her very existence, and terror groups largely funded by Iran, would do so again if given the opportunity.”
First Baptist Church of Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress took to Twitter to express his support for Trump’s statement on the Golan Heights.
A longtime supporter of the commander in chief, Jeffress wrote Thursday afternoon that he believed the president was “courageous” for his position.
“President @realDonaldTrump is on the right side of history and God in his continued, courageous support of Israel,” tweeted Jeffress.
John Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, who also serves as founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, celebrated the statement.
Hagee said in a statement released Thursday that when CUFI members met with administration officials in the past, “the Golan Heights’ importance to Israel’s security” was recognized.
“When it was under Syrian control, the Golan Heights was used to attack Israeli civilians in the region below. During the Syrian civil war we saw all too well the brutality of the Assad regime, including the willingness of Damascus to use chemical weapons,” Hagee wrote.
“We are very grateful to the president for having the courage to express that position and look forward to the U.S. formally recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski