(JNS.org) Reaction is pouring in Wednesday from pro-Israel Jewish and Christian organizations on Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential election, with most groups praising the president-elect for his commitment to the Jewish state.
“We congratulate President-elect Trump on his election victory and welcome his clear commitment to be a president for all Americans and to “bind the wounds of division” after a long and bruising campaign,” said Stephen M. Greenberg, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman & CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
“We look forward to working with President-elect Trump and his advisors in the transition before his inauguration and in the years to come during his presidency on the issues facing our country, as well as of specific concern to the American Jewish community including strengthening the special U.S.-Israel relationship, the rise of anti-Semitism and the security of the Jewish people at home and abroad,” added Greenberg and Hoenlein.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder, and Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper praised Trump’s stated policy on Jerusalem. “We are buoyed by Donald Trump’s unambiguous commitment to a strong and safe democratic Israel and his recognition of Jerusalem as its eternal and undivided capital,” they said.
“We look forward to working with President Trump on a wide range of other issues including Iran, international terrorism, human rights, online hate and the burgeoning scourge of anti-Semitism here at home and globally,” Hier and Cooper added.
Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, called Trump’s platform on Israel “the most pro-Israel platform any American political party has ever put forth.”
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, the head of the Christian Zionist group Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN), described Trump’s win as a “victory of biblical proportions” while noting that his tenure could potentially mark the “most pro-Israel American administration in history,” largely due to the “unleashed power of 100 million evangelical Christian voters.”
"PJTN congratulates President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence on a historical victory of biblical proportions, said Cardoza-Moore. “We look forward to seeing the American Embassy moved to Jerusalem, the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and a return to full unwavering American support for Israel.”
Similarly, Gary Bauer—a former presidential candidate and Ronald Reagan administration official, and the current head of the conservative Christian organization Campaign for Working Families—said Trump’s win is “good news” for the pro-Israel community.
“Donald Trump's victory is good news for all of us who believe in and are committed to a strong and unwavering alliance of the United States and Israel in an increasingly dangerous world,” Bauer told JNS.org.
Susan Michael, the U.S. director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, also said that she is hopeful that Trump will repair relations with Israel that were damaged by President Obama.
"The fact that President Elect Trump agreed to our Five Guiding Principles in a strong US-Israel relationship gives us great hope that his presidency will be one that corrects the mistakes of the Obama administration in this regard and will work in partnership with our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel," Michael told JNS.org.