Why evangelicals are ‘ecstatic’ about Trump’s Jerusalem move

Story highlights For 45% of US evangelicals, the Bible may be the biggest influence on their view of Israel

The President’s announcement divided American Jewish groups

(CNN) American evangelicals, especially those near to President Donald Trump, hailed his announcement about Wednesday that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But different religious leaders, incorporating Pope Francis and Christians moving into Israel, expressed dire issues that the approach would incite unrest in the volatile area.

“I possess determined that it is period to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said from the Light House’s Diplomatic Reception Room. “After more than two decades of waivers, we will be no nearer to a long lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Trump also described the move seeing as keeping a campaign promise that other presidents had failed to fulfill.

Johnnie Moore, a de facto spokesman for Trump’s informal band of evangelical advisers, said Jerusalem’s status was an integral the main President’s outreach to evangelical voters.

“This matter was — to many — second and then concerns about the judiciary among the President’s primary evangelical supporters. President Trump has — yet again — demonstrated to his evangelical supporters that he’ll perform what he says he’ll do,” Moore said.

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