The Rabbinical Alliance of America – IGUD HORRABONIM a professional Rabbinical Organization founded in 1942 – with a membership of 950 Orthodox Rabbis — applauds President Donald Trump for his courage and vision for world peace. While attending the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump categorically stated on Thursday that the US would no longer transfer monetary aid to the Palestinians unless they entered peace negotiations with Israel. He also excoriated the Palestinian leadership’s hateful reaction to his decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The hardest subject they (the PA) had to talk about was Jerusalem,” President Trump said. “We took Jerusalem off the table, so we don’t have to talk about it anymore. They never got past Jerusalem. The money is not going to them (the Palestinian Authority) unless they sit down and negotiate peace, because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace, and they’re going to have to want to make peace, too, or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer.”

He added, “When they (the Palestinian Authority) disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands, that money is on the table.”

Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Presidium Chairman of the Rabbinical Alliance stated, “We applaud President Trump’s unambiguous and clear declaration that the US stands with Israel. The president’s decision to withhold monetary aid from the Palestinian Authority for their adamant refusal to abide by the US position that Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish State and for their insistence on withdrawing from peace negotiations is a wise one as it will ultimately benefit the United States, Israel and the free world”.

We also applaud the Herculean efforts of US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, whose tenure at the UN has been dominated by her robust defense of Israel in its many agencies.  Within an administration divided over whether to slash funding to the Palestinians in part or in whole, Ambassador Haley has been an advocate for draconian cuts.

At the UN on Thursday, Ambassador Haley said, “We will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace.”

We pray that the Creator will shine His blessings upon President Trump and his administration’s goal of leading the world towards peace and harmony.

We also pray that the United States of America will continue to steadfastly lead the world in protecting the safety and security of all freedom loving people and especially the State of Israel and its people from all those who refuse to recognize its legitimacy and right for self-determination in security and peace.

May He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel, Amen.