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Pence in Jerusalem ends Israel’s Obama era nightmare

In the tradition of giving a special blessing to foreigners who come to Jerusalem and acknowledge the Jewish roots of the city, Vice President Mike Pence has certainly earned such a benediction.

In the tradition of giving a special blessing to foreigners who come to Jerusalem and acknowledge the Jewish roots of the city, Vice President Mike Pence has certainly earned such a benediction.

His historic speech to the Knesset on Jan. 22, 2018, showed a deep and compassionate understanding of the despair and triumph of our people from their dispersion from the city in 70 A.D. by the Romans to the reunification of the city in 1967.

Few world leaders have had the courage to acknowledge Jewish history in this way and to embrace the Jewish future of Jerusalem by understanding it as inextricably bound to our past.

In 1871, Abraham Lincoln’s former secretary of state, William H. Seward, attended services in Jerusalem’s new Hurva Synagogue. Toward the end of the service, the rabbi and three of his students chanted the special benediction for Seward.

It would be eminently appropriate for such a blessing to take place not only in Jerusalem, but wherever a minyan of Jews gather.

Of course, as a realist, I understand in an America where President Donald Trump ironically is treated by liberal rabbis as an anti-Semite and where Jews sit as acolytes at the feet of sharia-endorsing and Zionist-hating Linda Sarsour, that is not going to happen.

Liberal rabbis probably sided with the sign-waving, ill-mannered Arab Members of the Knesset who tried to drown out Pence’s right to speak and everyone else’s right to hear him.

To paraphrase Michelle Obama, for the first time in eight years I was proud to see an American administration that acknowledged that Israel was not the source of the continuing conflict with the Palestinians, but the solution.

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