Reader likes embassy relocation

Letter to Editor

I have read several new reports, along with those on television, about the recent decision by the United States government to formally recognize the ancient city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I applaud this decision. 

Having relatives and friends in the Grant and nearby areas, I have attended church in Grant and the name “Salem” is mentioned several times in the Holy Bible. It is a name which literally means “peace” and is actually a reference to the sacred city of Jerusalem.

Although America is officially a neutral nation which, by the safeguard of our Constitution, mandates that Congress shall make no law giving special status to any single religious faith or denomination – it can safely be said that America was built upon a foundation of Judeo-Christian principles. 

Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for 3,000 years and I am glad that the U.S. Embassy will be moved from the figurehead town of Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. It just makes good common sense.

I have great respect for the Jewish people. Even though I am Christian, I have prayed inside at least two Hebrew Synagogues. I consider this recent decision regarding designating Jerusalem the official capital of Israel in the eyes of the U.S. government during this moth of December, bodes well since it is coinciding with the Chanukah and Christmas seasons. Jerusalem is indeed a holy place, highly regarded by many...including Americans in the heartland and elsewhere.

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