Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), issued the following statement regarding the U.S. administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:
“On behalf of The Fellowship’s millions of evangelical Christian supporters around the world, I applaud the U.S. administration’s decision today to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It is a bold, courageous move that is long overdue, and is especially significant coming from Israel’s closest ally. Both Jews and Christians around the world have prayed for this day, which rights a historic wrong by affirming to the world that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people.”
Joining Eckstein were Pastor Silmar Coelho of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Rev. Hyung Eun Chi , of Seoul, South Korea, both supporters of The Fellowship’s work on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.
“On behalf of thousands of evangelical Christians across Rio de Janeiro and all of Brazil, I wholeheartedly welcome the U.S. administration’s brave and far-sighted recognition of Jerusalem, our holy city, as Israel’s capital,” Coelho said
Added Chi: “On behalf of thousands of Christians across Seoul and all of South Korea, I commend the U.S. administration’s long-overdue recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This is a historic moment for Christians and Jews around the world.”