Dear President Trump,
2500 years ago, Cyrus II of Persia, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, called upon the People of Israel to return to Jerusalem and to reestablish their spiritual and national capital. The enemies of the People of Israel were strongly opposed to the declaration and demanded that Cyrus halt the restoration of Jerusalem. In the words of King Solomon (Proverbs 19:20): "There are many thoughts in the heart of man but the counsel of the Almighty shall prevail." Jerusalem was rebuilt, and even our opponents eventually understood that this was part of the Divine plan. In the words of the Prophet Nehemiah (6:16): "And it came to pass, when all our enemies heard thereof, that all the nations that were about us feared, and were much cast down in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was wrought by our God."
After the second Siege of Jerusalem (70 AD), we were forcefully exiled from our homeland and dispersed to the four corners of the earth. We suffered persecution and genocide, but never abandoned our determination to return to our homeland. Despite the distance and the endless waiting, in every prayer, in every place of dispersion, we turned our hearts and minds to Jerusalem. Thrice daily, for thousands of years, every Jew oriented every hope, prayer, and supplication toward Zion, the heart and soul of the Land of Israel. Our liturgy anticipates the full restoration of Jerusalem as the religious and political center of the reconstituted commonwealth, and the words of our prophets reverberated across time and space with the message of hope for our reunification with our beloved capital. "And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness" (Zechariah 8:8).
We are blessed to live in a generation that has seen the ancient prophecies come to fruition. Jews are finally free to come home to Israel. As a nation and a People, Israel has defended itself against formidable enemies; Israel’s economy continues to grow and to mature, and we have been blessed to see the rebirth of Jerusalem.
The United States of America was one of the first countries to support the establishment of the modern State of Israel. The American people and the presidents of the United States of America have stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel, and have been true partners in making the prophecies into a reality.
We would like to congratulate you, Mr. President for the rare distinction of having been the first American President to acknowledge Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the modern State of Israel.
"For Zion's sake will I not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her triumph goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch." (Isaiah 62:1).
We are certain that you will be forever remembered in the annals of Israel’s history as a fearless trailblazer, and we offer you not only our appreciation and gratitude, but our support for your bold moral commitment to righting the political and historical record. May God’s promise to Joshua be upon you: "Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be neither afraid, nor dismayed, for the Almighty your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1: 9)."