Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer hailed President Donald Trump’s December 6th, 2017 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv, claiming it would go down in Jewish history.
Speaking at the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington DC Sunday, Dermer compared President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement last December to the decree of Persian king Cyrus the Great, permitting the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple, following its destruction at the hands of Babylonia.
“The Jewish people remember the declaration of Cyrus from 2500 years ago that allowed the Jews to return to Israel and build the Second Temple,” said Dermer. “The Jewish people will remember Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital forever.”
Israeli supporters of President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and orders to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv also compared the US leader to Cyrus the Great, with the Mikdash [Temple] Education Center minting a special “Temple Coin” bearing the likeness of President Trump, alongside King Cyrus.