Trump’s visit is a coming of age for Israel


Catholic Herald, 25 May 2017

The Jewish people have endured a long exile from history. They have now returned.

President Donald Trump visited the Western Wall this week during his visit to Israel. That was wholly unthinkable 50, 70 and 100 years ago.

Israel marks this year three major anniversaries: 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years since the UN General Assembly voted to create the State of Israel, and 50 years since Israel conquered the Old City of Jerusalem, the Sinai, Gaza, the Golan Heights and the West Bank in the Six Day War.

After two millennia, the Jewish people have returned to the Land of Israel, sovereign again in the land promised to the patriarchs. Israel returned to history, taking its rightful place in the register of nations.

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