U.S. President Donald Trump (R) receives a gift of a book of Psalms from Western Wall Heritage Foundation Director General Mordechai Elias (L) and Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch (C) after leaving a note at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 22, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Some 250 Israeli rabbis, including Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, sent a letter to President Donald Trump thanking him and praising him for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The letter, initiated by the Safed's Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and delivered by Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, told the American president, "You have the rare privilege to be the first president to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel," Ynet news reported.

"We are confident that you will be remembered in the history of the Jewish people forever as one who stood at the fore and was not afraid. May God's promise to Joshua be fulfilled upon you: 'Did I not command you, be strong and have courage, do not fear and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.'"

Ynet reported that the letter was signed by rabbis of a wide range of communities, including rabbinical judges and yeshiva heads. Among the prominent signatories are: Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, national religious leader Rabbi Haim Drukman, the Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu and Rabbi Elyakim Levanon of the Samaria region.

"We merit living in a generation in which prophecies are being fulfilled, one after the other," the letter continued, emphasizing that Trump is playing his role in that process.

"The presidents of America merited standing by Israel in actualizing the prophecy of the return to Zion and the building of the State of Israel. "

"With this recognition, we see the fulfillment of another step in the completion of the prophecy of Isaiah that the nations of the world will recognize the centrality of Jerusalem," said Rabbi Eliyahu. "'For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your vindication' (Isa. 62:1). We hope that other enlightened and believing nations will follow in the footsteps of the United States."

This article originally appeared at unitedwithisrael.org.

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