Christian Zionists Dispute Abdullah’s Claim Their Faith Is Under Fire In Jerusalem


During his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Jordan’s King Abdullah II claimed that Christianity in Jerusalem is “under fire.”

Abdullah, who sees Jordan as the custodian of Muslim and Christian holy sites in the city, said the “future of Jerusalem is an urgent concern.”

“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” Zechariah 12:3 

“Undermining Jerusalem’s legal and historical status quo triggers global tensions and deepens religious divides,” he said. “The Holy City must not be a place for hatred and division. As a Muslim leader, let me say clearly that we are committed to defending the rights, the precious heritage and the historic identity of the Christian people of our region. Nowhere is that more important than in Jerusalem.”

“Today, Christianity in the Holy City is under fire. The rights of churches in Jerusalem are threatened,” the king said. “This cannot continue. Christianity is vital to the past and present of our region and the Holy Land. It must remain an integral part of our future.”

A spokesperson for Christians United for Israel (CUFI) disputed Abdullah’s remarks, saying that “Jerusalem never knew true peace or prosperity until its liberation by Israel.”

“It is because of Israel’s respect for peace that the Hashemite Kingdom plays a special role in certain sites in Jerusalem,” the spokesperson told JNS. “And it is because of Israel’s respect for liberty that Jews, Christians, Muslims and all others enjoy true religious freedom in Jerusalem and throughout the Holy Land.”

Robert Nicholson, president of the Philos Project, pointed out that the monarch made no mention of Christians suffering in other countries.

“Sadly, in his recent remarks, Christians suffering in countries not named Israel didn’t get a mention…

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