Joy Reid compared Christian beliefs to “something out of a novel” Saturday on MNSBC’s “AM Joy.”
“That sounds like something out of a novel. Is it true that there are people who really believe that having Israel unified under, I mean having Jerusalem unified under total Israeli control will bring on the end times?” Joy Reid asked.
“Why, yes, Joy. You know, I come from a fundamentalist evangelical background, and I grew up in the 50s and 60s, I’m 65, and when I was a child this was the Gospel end times version of reality that my parents believe in and many other Evangelicals,” said guest and author Frank Schaeffer.
“Essentially, when you look at this, it was nothing to do with the Middle East or peace, or Palestinian rights or any of the difficulties that have represented themselves to responsible American political leaders or world leaders,” Schaeffer continued. “This was all about what we’re so familiar with, with Donald Trump and his nepotistic plan, throwing a little red meat to supporters and to big donors.”
President Trump stated Wednesday that “Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government — the home of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset; its Supreme Court; the residences of its Prime Minister and President; and the headquarters of many of its government ministries. Jerusalem is where officials of the United States, including the President, meet their Israeli counterparts.”
He stated that if both sides were willing to negotiate, the United States remains committed to a two state solution.
The president also cited Congress’ Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which was reaffirmed unanimously by the Senate on June 5 of this year, which states that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.