(Note: this article was originally written before the US assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on January 2nd)
Trump kept the promise he made to AIPAC in March 2016: âWe will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.â Its fulfillment gave a timely support to Netanyahu, whose popularity in Israel is entirely based on his capacity to manipulate the United States, of which he brags. Commenting in May 2018 on Trumpâs decision, Netanyahu paid him this compliment:
âThis will be remembered the way we remember the Cyrus declaration of 2500 years ago, when he told the exiles of Babylon, âyou can go back and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.â This is a historical moment and we will always remember.â
Cyrus is that Persian king whose spirit âYahweh roused â¦ to issue a proclamationâ and âbuild him a temple in Jerusalem,â according to the Book of Ezra (1:1-2) A successor to Cyrus later appointed Ezra to oversee the building. For his decree, Cyrus is bestowed the title of Yahwehâs âAnointedâ (Mashiah) by the prophet Isaiah:
âThus says Yahweh to his anointed one, to Cyrus whom, he says, I have grasped by his right hand, to make the nations bow before him and to disarm kings: [â¦] It is for the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel my chosen one, that I have called you by your name, have given you a title though you do not know me. [â¦] Though you do not know me, I have armed you.â (Isaiah 45:1-5)
Yahweh, who âroused Cyrusâ spiritâ and âgrasped him by his right hand,â stands, of course, for âJewish Powerâ.
Netanyahu hailed Trump as a modern-day Cyrus on several occasions, and his enthusiasm was echoed on Fox News, when Jeanine Pirro declared: âDonald Trump recognizes history. He, like king Cyrus before him, fulfills the biblical prophecy…â
Trump was like Cyrus again in March 2019, when he signed a decree recognizing Israelâs sovereignty over the Golan Heights (top photo). It inspired Miriam Adelson, wife of Trumpâs biggest donor, to comment that the President deserves his âBook of Trumpâ in the Bible.