‘Beitar Trump Jerusalem’: Top Israeli football club renames itself after US president
The six-time Israeli champions will now be known as Beitar Trump Jerusalem in tribute to US President Donald Trump, who formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, sparking an angry reaction from Muslim states around the world.
A statement on the team’s official Facebook page reads: “President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital, and these days other countries are following his lead in giving Jerusalem its rightful status.”
“The football club Beitar Jerusalem, one of the most prominent symbols of the city, are happy to honor the President for his love and support with a gesture of our own.
The chairmen of the club, the owner Eli Tabib and the executive manager Eli Ohana have decided to add to the club’s title the name of the American President who made history, and from now on will be called Beitar Trump Jerusalem. We have the greatest love for the President, and it will win!”
The announcement was made just one day before the official opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, a step that seals the Trump administration’s recognition of the holy city as Israel’s capital.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, who are also White House advisers, arrived in Israel to take part in the embassy opening ceremony on Monday. The majority of European ambassadors are expected to boycott the event.