The official opening of our new embassy in Jerusalem unleashed mass protests that led Israeli forces to kill more than 50 people and injure nearly 3000 more, something that everyone but Trump predicted when he made that decision. But that’s not the part I want to focus on right now. Look who we sent over to deliver the prayers at the dedication ceremony:
A Dallas evangelical pastor who once said that Jewish people are going to hell and a megachurch televangelist who claimed that Hitler was part of God’s plan to return Jews to Israel both played prominent roles on Monday in the opening ceremony of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem.
Robert Jeffress, who spoke at President Trump’s private inaugural prayer service and is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, delivered a prayer at the opening ceremony on Monday, while the Rev. John C. Hagee, a televangelist who founded Christians United for Israel and leads a San Antonio megachurch, gave the closing benediction.
What, David Duke was busy? We opened a new embassy in a country that was created as a refuge for Jews after the Holocaust and we send over two wingnuts who believe that God is going to punish Jews by sending them to hell, which would make Auschwitz look like a vacation in Cancun. We have truly stepped through the looking glass into WTFLand. Why would Netanyahu even allow that? Why would he not deny their visas? Wait, I think I know. Because he relies on people like Jeffress and Hagee, who are pro-Israel for eschatological reasons but anti-Jewish to the core, to keep up support for his government among right wing conservatives.