For believing and practicing Christians, the importance of Jerusalem is undeniable. Specifically, Evangelicals that strongly hold the belief that it is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and thus of Israel. The recent US decision to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has sparked an interest in other pro-Israel countries triggering a trend that Paraguay has now joined. Pastor Chris, the founder of the Christ Embassy Church, is a strong supporter of Israel and President Trump’s decision to make the historic move. Watch all about it here.
Paraguay opens its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, becoming the third country to transfer its diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; following in the footsteps of the United States and Guatemala. President Horacio Cartes celebrated the opening with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Romania, the Czech Republic, and Honduras have said they are also considering doing the same.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel):
“I want to begin with a salute to a great friend of Israel and a great personal friend of mine, President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay, thank you, Horacio. You’re an unbelievable friend and I have to say that this represents the friendship between our countries, but you gave it a personal expression. You came here with a great delegation and we signed agreements. That was also a formal expression of something that was informal and from the heart. You came to see me in Buenos Aires, I don’t forget that, and now you come here to open the embassy. A great day for Israel, a great day for Paraguay, a great day for our friendship”.
How exciting for Jerusalem! A lot of action in the past week or two. A lot of praise and countries saying they want to be part of what’s going on in Jerusalem. The US embassy move, of course, has added fuel to the weekly Palestinian protests in Gaza. The protestors demand the right of the return to Israel and lifting off the decade-old naval blockade. The protests culminated last Monday when Israeli forces killed nearly 60 Palestinians in clashes along the border.
The heavy death toll triggered a diplomatic backlash, with Turkey expelling Israel’s ambassador and Consul General. Several European countries sent the Israeli ambassadors their Foreign Ministries for questioning.