Vince Dhimos answered a question in Spanish at Quora. Our translation below.
V. Dhimos on Quora:
What do you think of the current situation of Jerusalem and the fact that Trump recognizes it as the capital of Israel?
There are two important reasons why Trump – along with every other US president – is pro-Israel.
1 - AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby that operates illegally in the US. All foreign lobbies are required by law to register as foreign lobbies with the US government. But the entire US government, including Congress, the Senate, the White House and all bureaucracies have great fear of AIPAC and do not dare to enforce the law to force this organization to register as a foreign lobby. Thus, the American public is led to believe that the lobby is not foreign. Almost all presidents have been elected thanks to the campaign donations of AIPAC.
According to the law, a nonconnected PAC (political action committee like AIPAC that is not associated with a party) can only make a donation per candidate of $5,000. However, AIPAC bypasses this law by forming subordinate PACs, which then each donate as much as $5,000 to any candidate. Because of this loophole, these scofflaws are able to donate unlimited funds, giving them virtually unlimited power.
If a candidate refuses to support Israel if elected, such a candidate almost always loses because AIPAC, in this case, wages an all-out smear campaign against the candidate, investigating his background and exposing anything in his past history that could be construed as offensive, or calling him anti-Semitic. Trump, for example, made a speech before AIPAC and promised to support Israel unconditionally. In effect he was saying that he would support the state even in its crimes, such as shooting unarmed Palestinian protesters, illegally building settlements in Palestine, and launching rocket attacks on Syria. And since Israel (along with Saudi Arabia) considers Iran an enemy, Trump continually said that Iran was a “terror sponsor,” even though this was not true (Iran not only opposed ISIS and Al-Qaeda for religious reasons but in fact sent troops to fight these terrorists in Syria). In fact, the most egregious supporter of terror in the Middle East have always been American “allies” such as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, which Trump also supports unconditionally. Thus Trump was willing to risk a disastrous war with Iran just to please Israel.
2 - “Christian” Zionism. It is estimated that about 80% of all American Evangelicals believe that modern Israel is the Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 37 and therefore believe that God wants them to support this secular state -- even though Jesus never suggested his followers should do this (and even indicated quite the opposite in Matt. 23:39). The vast majority of Evangelicals supported Trump as a candidate and many of them still support him as president because they knew that, of all American presidents, he is the strongest supporter of modern Israel. The problem with Evangelical Zionism is that it is not supported on the actual text of the Bible. Ezekiel 37:24 says:
And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
So what is the problem here? The problem is that Ezekiel’s description of the resurrected Israel does not correspond to the real modern Israel in any way at all. Firstly, David is not the king of Israel (in fact, Israel does not have a king, and King David has been dead for millennia). Secondly, according to Haaretz, a Reuters poll shows that 65% of Israelis do not have any religion and therefore could not possibly be “walking according to God’s laws”. American Evangelicals are clearly deceived.
However, because these confused people support Trump, he believes that he must do whatever they want, and they want Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The problem here is that Jerusalem is also a holy city for the Muslims because it is the site of the al-Aqsa mosque, from where, according to legend, Mohammed rode a black horse to heaven.
Like the US Congress, the UN must respect the sovereignty of each member, and therefore cannot recognize only one religion. Thus there is no way the world could ever be forced to accept a religion-based policy regarding Jerusalem or Israel. Trump’s policy is therefore wishful thinking and will not succeed in the long run. But it has already led to bloody conflicts between the Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem and the conflict will not end there.
If a war breaks out with Iran, this will be perhaps the most egregious example of a religious war of the kind that has plagued humankind since the beginning of time.
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