NETANYAHU COMPARES TRUMP TO CYRUS IN COMPLIMENT OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
March 8, 2018
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“’In a meeting at the White House on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised his host, US President Donald Trump in unmistakably Biblical terms, comparing him to the Persian King Cyrus.
‘I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory, so we remember the proclamation of the great King Cyrus the Great — Persian King,’ Netanyahu told Trump. ‘Twenty-five hundred years ago, he proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon can come back and rebuild our temple in Jerusalem.’
‘And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,’ Netanyahu continued. ‘Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people through the ages.’
Some have noted that this larger-than-life compliment comes with historical lessons that supersede current political agendas that favor the two-state solution. The nascent Sanhedrin for one has been comparing President Trump to King Cyrus since he was inaugurated last year, calling for him to follow in the footsteps of the Biblical figure by helping to facilitate the rebuilding the Third Temple.
‘There is no question that the comparison be tween Cyrus and Trump, two non-Jewish leaders, is apt,’ said Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman of the Sanhedrin, to Breaking Israel News. . .
Rabbi Weiss believes that Trump’s success will hinge on whether his agenda continues to support not just the Jewish connection to Jerusalem but more specifically the Temple Mount. The Rabbi noted, however, that both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have referred to the Temple Mount by its Islamic name, ‘Haram al-Sharif.’ Moreover, it has been reported that Trump’s peace plan would include the creation of a Palestinian capital in parts of Jerusalem.
‘Cyrus and Balfour both earned our gratitude, as has President Trump, but the source of all blessings is the Temple Mount,’ Rabbi Weiss said. ‘If he does not continue and support the Jewish return to the Temple Mount, he will encounter the same difficulties as those who came before him.’
Mark Zell, Chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel, said that he had campaigned for President Trump precisely because he believed he would make such historic changes.
‘The importance of the change of the State Department’s 70-year position on Jerusalem is unquestionably of enormous historic importance on the same level of the Balfour Declaration and even of Cyrus,’ Zell told Breaking Israel News. . . . Zell believes that Netanyahu’s remarks to Trump, comparing him to King Cyrus, was also intended as a message of gratitude for Israel’s Evangelical supporters in America.
‘Netanyahu was not speaking to the American Jews who don’t appreciate this comparison to Cyrus,’ Zell claimed. ‘Netanyahu was speaking directly to the pro-Israel, faith-based Evangelicals in a Biblical language they understand and value.’
‘That shows sensitivity and foresight,’ he added. ‘The Evangelicals are essential to both Trump and it is humbling to see how strongly they support Israel.'”(Excerpted from Breaking Israel News, reporting by Adam Berkowitz.)