The Supreme Court ruled yesterday on a case regarding the constitutionality of a 13 year old U.S. law called the “Foreign Relations Authorization Act” (See Sec. 214. UNITED STATES POLICY WITH RESPECT TO JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL), which required the US government to place “Jerusalem, Israel” as the place of birth for Jerusalem-born US citizens. The court, by a vote of 6-3, ruled the law unconstitutional. That means any US citizen born in Jerusalem would have the city of their birth, Jerusalem, but NOT the country of their birth, Israel, stamped on their US passport.
Jewish organizations are outraged over the decision, as they should be, because the United States is claming that a person born in Jerusalem is not born in Israel. How can this be? Jerusalem is a city — not a country. There is no country of Jerusalem. Since 1948, with the re-birth of the State of Israel, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel. Ironically, Israel is the only country in the world whose capital is not recognized by the United States.
The US believes that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could hurt future negotiations and jeopardize American neutrality over the sovereignty of Jerusalem, which Palestinians also claim for their capital city. It’s interesting to note that twenty years ago, the “Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995“, Public Law 104–45, called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city, and for it to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel. The law was passed by both houses, but never signed by President Clinton.
The 1995 law also stated that the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999. There is a waiver provision in the law whereby the President may suspend the embassy move for six months if “he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.” Every president since then has automatically suspended the embassy move to Jerusalem every six months. It has become routine. Why does the most powerful nation in the world cower at the thought of moving their embassy to the Jerusalem?
As believers we understand that God is in control. It says in 1 Kings 11:36 that Jerusalem is the city that God has chosen to be “the city where I chose to put my Name“. The name “Jerusalem” occurs 806 times in the Bible, 660 times in the Old Testament and 146 times in the New Testament. This does not even count other references to the “Holy City” by different names. Jerusalem by name does not appear in the Koran even one time.
Despite the US Supreme Court decision, as believers we rest assured that Yeshua is coming back to rule and reign in Jerusalem and “no purpose of yours can be thwarted“ (Job 42:2).