Jeffress Prays 'For the Peace of Jerusalem' After Being Called 'Bigot'

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Palestinians and Israelis both claim Jerusalem as their capital, and US presidents have historically declined to weigh in on the dispute over the city. Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday. Israeli security forces used live bullets when they fired at protesters. By contrast, today's U.S. Embassy opening was full of religious references, notably with an emphasis on evangelical Christianity. "It was you who made statehood possible".

"I'm not a bigot, I'm not an extremist", Jeffress said on "Fox News at Night".

"Today I'm talking about the common bonds between Judaism and Christianity", Jeffress added.

Pitts says many in the worldwide community and those who don't stand with Trump believe moving the embassy only adds to the conflict. Republican Congressman Francis Rooney of Florida, a former US ambassador to the Vatican, said in an interview on CNN that he'd have asked a radically different pair of religious leaders to speak at the embassy.

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Hagee caused John McCain headaches during his 2008 presidential campaign when Hagee's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric became widely known.

Hagee once said that Hitler was fulfilling God's will by slaughtering Jews.

Smith also shared Jeffress's views on Mormonism, Islam and the gay community.

Of course, in Trump's administration the very bugs that were disqualifying in the GOP a decade ago are now the best features. But his unapologetic support of President Donald Trump over the past two years has brought him out of the shadows and into the light.

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Hagee called Jerusalem the "city of God", and described the 3,000-year-history of that city dating back to Abraham and through its history leading to Monday's dedication of the USA embassy, which he credited to Trump's "courage". It's a theological one.

The Messiah that Jeffress referred to is Jesus Christ, the Judeo-Christian prophet Jewish worshippers do not recognize as the Son of God. Jerusalem is a crucial location in this belief.

The only major Republican to complain was Mitt Romney.

Jeffress, a Christian fundamentalist and one of Trump's first and most loyal religious supporters, has previously been denounced by the ADL and civil rights groups for making inflammatory statements such as, "You can't be saved by being a Jew" and "Islam is a false religious system" led by "Satan himself".

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Not his comments on LGBTQ people, of course.