Israel group mints Trump coin

Move meant to honour him for recognising occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

17:24 February 28, 2018

Occupied Jerusalem: An Israeli organisation has minted a coin bearing President Donald Trump’s image to honour his recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Mikdash Educational Centre said Wednesday the “Temple Coin” features Trump alongside King Cyrus, who 2,500 years ago allowed Jews to return to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon.

Rabbi Mordechai Persoff said that Trump, like Cyrus, made a “big declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of the holy people”.

His organisation minted 1,000 biblical half-shekel coins that can be purchased with a minimum donation of $50 (Dh183). The coin can’t be used as currency.

Mikdash bills itself as a non-profit educational and religious organisation. The regime in Tel Aviv has warmly welcomed Trump’s move, which angered Palestinians.