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'Trump Is a Friend of Zion' Posters Go Up in Jerusalem

Signs praising U.S. President Donald Trump appeared throughout Jerusalem this week, ahead of the U.S. formally moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The new embassy will open Monday, on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

Trump has arguably gone further than any previous president in championing America’s relationship with Israel, from the embassy move to becoming the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall.

A photographer sent images of the new posters to PJ Media. One urges Trump to “make Israel great.”

Sign reading “Trump Make Israel Great,” seen in Jerusalem, provided to PJ Media.

Another boldly declares, “Trump is a friend of Zion.”

Sign at an intersection in Jerusalem, reading, "Trump is a friend of Zion."

Sign reading “Trump is a friend of Zion,” seen in Jerusalem, provided to PJ Media.

Trump is a friend of Zion, Jerusalem sign reads.

Sign reading “Trump is a friend of Zion” seen in Jerusalem. Provided to PJ Media.

These posters are part of a massive campaign launched by the Friends of Zion (FOZ) Museum to celebrate the U.S. embassy move, The Jerusalem Post reported. More than 150 billboards have been placed on buses and buildings throughout the city in recent days.

The FOZ Museum opened in the heart of Jerusalem in 2015. According to its website, the museum “presents a technologically advanced, interactive experience that tells the story of the dream of restoration of the Jewish people to their historic homeland and the brave non-Jews who assisted them in realization of that dream.” Friends of Zion, the group behind the museum, also serves as a platform for fighting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and anti-Semitism internationally.

The museum has launched previous campaigns, welcoming President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence when they  visited Israel.

The museum will hold a gala dinner celebrating the historic move, featuring Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. At the event, the group will present the Friends of Zion Award.

The FOZ Museum presents this award to world leaders who have gone “above and beyond” for Israel. Previous recipients include President Trump, former president George W. Bush, and most recently Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

Trump has indeed gone above and beyond in his support for the Jewish state. Even in his remarks celebrating Hanukkah, the president championed Israel.

“The miracle of Hanukkah is the miracle of Israel,” Trump declared. He concluded his remarks with a strong defense of the Jewish state. “Today, our nation is stronger and our world is more full of promise because of the Jewish people, the state of Israel, and the faith that burns so brightly in your hearts.”

Last December, Israel’s transportation minister announced that the train station for the Western Wall will be named after Trump. In remarks this past March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared President Trump to the ancient Persian King Cyrus the Great and to Lord Balfour, who issued the proclamation establishing the state of Israel.

“I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory. So we remember the proclamation of the great King Cyrus the Great — Persian King,” Netanyahu said. “Twenty-five hundred years ago, he proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon can come back and rebuild our temple in Jerusalem.”

“We remember, 100 years ago, Lord Balfour, who issued the Balfour Proclamation that recognized the rights of the Jewish people in our ancestral homeland,” he said. “We remember seventy years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

The opening of a U.S. embassy in the holy city marks a true historic moment, and Trump deserves great praise for finally fulfilling the pledge made by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. The FOZ Museum’s campaign is quite fitting, although some might dispute whether Trump is necessary to “make Israel great.”