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For Some Americans, Jerusalem's Newest Pilgrimage Site Is The U.S. Embassy

The embassy draws tourists who support what it stands for: an about-face in U.S. policy, recognizing Israel's claims to the city. They say the embassy's existence reflects biblical prophecy.
Beckah Shae, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter popular on Christian radio, snapped selfies with the dedication plaque outside the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. Source: Daniel Estrin

"Donald Trump!" said Melissa Brunner from Georgia, as she posed for a photo in front of the recently inaugurated U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Beckah Shae, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter popular on Christian radio, snapped selfies alongside the creamy limestone wall inscription reading: "EMBASSY/UNITED STATES OF AMERICA/JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/DONALD J. TRUMP/PRESIDENT."

People from the Beit Tehila Congregation ("Teaching the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith") in Brandon, Fla., piled out of a tour bus, posed in front of the embassy wall plaque and sang the Israeli and U.S. national anthems.

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