US Rec­og­nizes Jerusalem as Eter­nal Cap­i­tal of Is­rael in His­toric Em­bassy Move

The Jewish Voice - - FRONT PAGE - By: Fern Sid­man

About 800 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Reu­ven (Ruby) Rivlin, US Am­bas­sador to Is­rael David Fried­man, Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump and hus­band Jared Kush­ner, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the four branches of the US Armed Forces, prom­i­nent lead­ers of the Chris­tian Zion­ist com­mu­nity and both houses of Con­gress along with an A-list of Is­raeli and Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials gath­ered in south Jerusalem Mon­day to mark the of­fi­cial move of the United States em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion for his mov­ing ad­dress at the open­ing of the US Em­bassy in Jerusalem, thank­ing Pres­i­dent Trump for his courage and declar­ing that Jerusalem, the an­cient Jewish cap­i­tal, will al­ways re­main the cap­i­tal of Is­rael, ac­cord­ing to a re­port on the World Is­rael News web site.

“Pres­i­dent Trump, you have made his­tory,” Ne­tanyahu de­clared. “Thank you, Pres­i­dent Trump, for hav­ing the courage to keep your prom­ises.”

The prime min­is­ter re­called, as a young boy, not be­ing able to walk close to the eastern sec­tion of the city for fear of snipers from Jor­dan. Be­tween 1948 and 1967, be­fore Is­rael won the Six Day War and re­uni­fied Jerusalem, the city was un­der Jor­da­nian rule and Jews were pro­hib­ited from vis­it­ing their holi­est sites.

“Today,” Ne­tanyahu con­tin­ued, “the em­bassy of the most pow­er­ful na­tion on earth is right here…

” We are here in Jerusalem and we are here to stay.”

The Is­raeli leader stressed his po­si­tion, and that of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, that rec­og­niz­ing Jerusalem as the Is­raeli cap­i­tal is not an ob­sta­cle to peace; rather, it could help bring peace.

This is “a great day for Is­rael, it's a great day for Amer­ica, but I be­lieve it's also a great day for peace,” Ne­tanyahu stated.

“You can only build peace on truth. A peace built on lies will only crash on the rocks of Mid­dle Eastern re­al­i­ties. And the truth is that Jerusalem has been, and al­ways will be, the cap­i­tal of the Jewish peo­ple, the cap­i­tal of the Jewish state,” he said.

Ne­tanyahu saluted the IDF sol­diers and all mem­bers of Is­rael's se­cu­rity forces for de­fend­ing the Jewish state.

He also thanked the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion for “mak­ing the al­liance be­tween Amer­ica and Is­rael stronger than ever,” and sin­gled out Am­bas­sador David Fried­man for “bring­ing our coun­tries and peo­ple closer to­gether.”

“You are the first Amer­i­can am­bas­sador to serve your coun­try in Jerusalem. This is your dis­tinct honor. No­body can be first again,” he said.

Ne­tanyahu con­cluded by quot­ing the Prophet Zecharia, in English in He­brew, who 2,500 years ago called Jerusalem “the city of truth,” and then re­cited the “She­hecheyanu” prayer of thanks­giv­ing for hav­ing reached this day.

In a hol­i­day at­mos­phere punc­tu­ated by Sousa marches, Ethiopian-Is­raeli singer Hagit Yaso and un­abashed ado­ra­tion for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, event or­ga­niz­ers dis­trib­uted red and blue base­ball caps with the new em­bassy em­blem be­fore a Marine color guard pre­sented the Amer­i­can and Is­raeli flags ahead of

“Pres­i­dent Trump, you have made his­tory,” Ne­tanyahu de­clared. “Thank you, Pres­i­dent Trump, for hav­ing the courage to keep your prom­ises.”

the Star Span­gled Ban­ner, sung a cap­pella by Marine Sgt First Class Cameron Hub­bard.

Am­bas­sador David Fried­man wel­comed a ju­bi­lant crowd to the United States em­bassy in Jerusalem, Is­rael, draw­ing a first stand­ing ova­tion at the words “Jerusalem, Is­rael” and an­other at the men­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump.

“Just 11 min­utes (af­ter David Ben Gu­rion de­clared in­de­pen­dence),” said an ob­vi­ously emo­tional Fried­man, the United States un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Harry Tru­man be­came the first coun­try to rec­og­nize that dec­la­ra­tion. 70 years later, we take the next step – we open the United States em­bassy in Jerusalem. Again the United States leads the way.”

Fried­man added that ef­forts to move the em­bassy be­gan in 1995 and were reaf­firmed last year by a Se­nate vote of 90-0.

“Twenty-three years af­ter trans­fer of the em­bassy be­came the law of the land, today we give Is­rael the same right we give to ev­ery other na­tion – the right to name its own cap­i­tal,” Fried­man said.

In a video ad­dress that aired at the cer­e­mony's open­ing, Pres­i­dent Trump said the move to Jerusalem had been a “long time com­ing.” He said he re­mained com­mit­ted to “fa­cil­i­tat­ing a last­ing peace agree­ment” and that he was “ex­tend­ing a hand of friend­ship to Is­rael, the Pales­tini­ans and to all of their neigh­bors.”

Trump also al­luded to the US' sta­tus as the first na­tion 70 years ago to rec­og­nize Is­rael's very ex­is­tence.

“Al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter declar­ing state­hood in 1948, Is­rael des­ig­nated the city of Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal, the cap­i­tal the Jewish peo­ple es­tab­lished in an­cient times, so im­por­tant. Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Is­rael's gov­ern­ment,” he said.

“Is­rael is a sovereign na­tion with the right like ev­ery other sovereign na­tion to de­clare its own cap­i­tal, yet for many years we failed to ac­knowl­edge the ob­vi­ous, the plain re­al­ity that Is­rael's cap­i­tal is Jerusalem.

“The United States re­mains com­mit­ted to fa­cil­i­tat­ing a last­ing peace agree­ment,” Trump added, mak­ing ref­er­ence to the ef­forts un­der­way by ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials to ham­mer out an ac­cord with the Pales­tini­ans, who walked away from ne­go­ti­a­tions not long af­ter Trump took office and have yet to re­turn.

The pres­i­dent re­it­er­ated Amer­ica's com­mit­ment to “main­tain the sta­tus quo” at Jerusalem's holy sites, re­fer­ring to the Tem­ple Mount, where Jews are cur­rently for­bid­den from pray­ing by the Is­lamic trust that over­sees the site.

Ear­lier in the morn­ing on Twit­ter, Trump urged peo­ple to watch the cer­e­mony on tele­vi­sion, declar­ing the day “A great day for Is­rael!” As the cer­e­mony be­gan, he wrote: “Big day for Is­rael. Congratulations!”

Like­wise, Trump's aides echoed the pres­i­dent's mes­sage, with Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steve Mnuchin telling Fox News, “The pres­i­dent is mak­ing dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions be­cause they are what he be­lieves are the right long-term de­ci­sions and not just kick­ing the can down the road.”

Also ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing was Rabbi Zal­man Wolowik, di­rec­tor of Chabad-Lubav­itch of the Five Towns in Cedarhurst, N.Y., and a long-time Torah study part­ner of Am­bas­sador Fried­man.

Em­pha­siz­ing Jerusalem's place as the eter­nal cap­i­tal of the Jewish peo­ple, Wolowik noted that “truth is not deter­mined by pop­u­lar opin­ion—it is eter­nal not ephemeral, un­chang­ing not rel­a­tive. Truth stands the test of time. While em­pires, ide­olo­gies and philoso­phies rise and fall, the Jewish peo­ple's at­tach­ment to this holy city has never waned or fal­tered—it is truth. King David imag­ined a Tem­ple here, and his son Solomon built it here; the Prophets pleaded, ca­joled and thun­dered here. From cra­dle to grave, for thou­sands of years, Jews of ev­ery ex­trac­tion have had the beau­ti­ful name of this beau­ti­ful city on their lips, Yerusha­layim. Jews have lived here, and when they didn't, they di­rected their prayers here. That is truth.”

Thank­ing Pres­i­dent Trump and the United States for “stand­ing for this truth,” he prayed that other coun­tries fol­low Amer­ica's ex­am­ple in “af­firm­ing the Jewish peo­ple's eter­nal bond with this holy city.”

Pres­i­dent Reu­ven (Ruby) Rivlin said the Jewish peo­ple had sworn to keep faith with Jerusalem for 3,000 years and prayed for the city be­fore don­ning a kippa (head cov­er­ing) and recit­ing the tra­di­tional He­brew bless­ing of thanks­giv­ing.

“Since the of­fi­cial es­tab­lish­ment of the State of Is­rael 70 years ago, Jerusalem has been the cap­i­tal of Is­rael. As Pres­i­dent Trump has said, Jerusalem is the heart of sovereignty of the State of Is­rael. Yes, Pres­i­dent Trump – Jerusalem is home to pres­i­dent of Is­rael, Jerusalem is the home of the gov­ern­ment of Is­rael, the Knes­set, the leg­is­la­ture of Is­rael. Jerusalem is the home of the Supreme Court of Is­rael.

“The State of Is­rael's com­mit­ment to Jerusalem is not only a com­mit­ment to the his­tory of the Jewish peo­ple, but it is a com­mit­ment to all res­i­dents of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a mi­cro­cosm – of our abil­ity as Jews and Arabs to live to­gether. And as of today, it is the home of the Amer­i­can em­bassy in Is­rael. Thank God,” Rivlin said.

In ad­di­tion, Amer­i­can Evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian lead­ers praised the open­ing of the US em­bassy in Jerusalem on Mon­day and praised Pres­i­dent Trump for keep­ing his prom­ise to rec­og­nize Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael.

Chris­tians United for Is­rael's founder and chair­man Pas­tor John Hagee, who gave the bene­dic­tion at the em­bassy cer­e­mony, said that he is “deeply proud” of his coun­try and its pres­i­dent, ac­cord­ing to a JNS re­port.

“I was deeply hon­ored to par­tic­i­pate in this his­toric mo­ment. Jerusalem is the eter­nal cap­i­tal of Is­rael, and I am very proud of my coun­try and my pres­i­dent for rec­og­niz­ing that fact,” said Hagee. “This mo­ment would not have been pos­si­ble were it not for Pres­i­dent Trump's courage and the un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment of CUFI's 4.1 mil­lion mem­bers.”

Pas­tor Mario Bram­nick, pres­i­dent of the Latino Coali­tion for Is­rael, told the Jewish News Ser­vice (JNS) that he was “amazed” by the em­bassy move.

“We are in amaze­ment with today's move­ment of the U.S. em­bassy to Jerusalem. We are so proud of Pres­i­dent Trump's his­toric ac­tions today.”

David Parsons, vice pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Chris­tian Em­bassy Jerusalem, told JNS that “The ICEJ joins with the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of Is­rael in re­joic­ing over the his­toric events of this day, as the United States brings its Em­bassy up to Jerusalem.”

“We are pray­ing and work­ing to­wards the goal of many more na­tions tak­ing their right­ful place in this city in due recog­ni­tion of its sta­tus as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael. Jerusalem has to be shared as a ‘house of prayer' for all peo­ples, but the proper sovereign and cus­to­dian of the city is the Jewish peo­ple. They were the first and only na­tion in his­tory to truly honor and se­lect Jerusalem as their cap­i­tal and the fo­cal point of their na­tional iden­tity, and it is most fit­ting that they be the ones to see this spe­cial city through to its glo­ri­ous destiny.”

No­tably, the event was far from bi-par­ti­san. No Demo­cratic con­gress­peo­ple at­tended. In ad­di­tion to politi­cians and pub­lic fig­ures, at­ten­dees ap­peared to be over­whelm­ingly Ortho­dox Jews and evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian clergy, in­clud­ing prom­i­nent mem­bers of US Jewish and Chris­tian or­ga­ni­za­tions who have long pushed for the em­bassy re­lo­ca­tion.

Sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als noted that the lack of bi­par­ti­san sup­port for the move was merely an il­lus­tra­tion of a trend that has been de­vel­op­ing in North Amer­ica for years: The wan­ing of Demo­cratic sup­port for Is­rael and the deep­en­ing of Is­rael's po­si­tion as a wedge is­sue.

“It's true that there are no Democrats here and I think it's re­ally too bad. I see the Demo­cratic Party as a sis­ter party (to the Is­rael La­bor Party), and it's im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that this whole process be­gan un­der a Demo­cratic ad­min­is­tra­tion (Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton),” op­po­si­tion leader Yitzhak (Bougie) Her­zog told TPS. “So this cel­e­bra­tion re­ally be­longs to all of us.

“At the same time, we must give credit where credit is due. Pres­i­dent Trump made a brave move; he de­serves the credit,” Her­zog added.

Her­zog also said he ex­pected more coun­tries to fol­low the Amer­i­can lead and ad­dressed the Pales­tinian vi­o­lence on the Is­rael-Gaza bor­der.

“What's go­ing (in Gaza) is very se­ri­ous, very painful. I tell Pales­tini­ans, who are send­ing their kids and teenagers to the bor­der – vi­o­lence won't help you. In 70 years – you've never gained any­thing by vi­o­lence. Come back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. Don't use vi­o­lence,” Her­zog told the Is­rael Broad­cast Cor­po­ra­tion (Kan).

Oth­ers were less con­cerned about the lack of bi-par­ti­san sup­port for the move.

“No, I don't care that there are no Democrats here,” said Mark S. Leven­son, the chair­man of the board at the Zion­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­ica. “They had plenty of chance to make the move – Pres­i­dent Obama had eight years to do it – but Pres­i­dent Trump is the one to do it. It was a bold move and I ap­plaud him for it. This is an his­toric day.”

Leven­son added that he is not wor­ried about the long-term ef­fect of Is­rael's loss of bi-par­ti­san sup­port in Wash­ing­ton, nor is he wor­ried about what is go­ing to hap­pen in three, four or five years and said that sup­port for Is­rael in the United States at the present time is “over­whelm­ing.”

“I think that this move will free Is­rael up to as­sert it­self more,” Leven­son added. “As a re­sult of this move Is­rael will not be as de­mo­nized; Is­rael will not act so de­fen­sively. No, Is­rael is not per­fect but the coun­try will be able to lean on its record, which is far su­pe­rior to any other coun­try in the re­gion.”

The Ortho­dox Union (OU), the old­est and largest um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion for the North Amer­i­can Ortho­dox Jewish com­mu­nity, brought to­gether a broad gath­er­ing of Is­raeli CEOs, U.S. and Is­raeli politi­cians, and Jewish lead­ers to cel­e­brate the U. S. Em­bassy move to Jerusalem. The pro­gram, which took place a few hours be­fore the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony and ac­knowl­edged the cul­mi­na­tion of decades of ad­vo­cacy work by the OU, was geared to­wards show­ing grat­i­tude to Pres­i­dent Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion for pub­licly rec­og­niz­ing Jerusalem as Is­rael's cap­i­tal.

The event took place at the Wal­dorf As­to­ria Ho­tel in Jerusalem and in­cluded ad­dresses by Mnuchin, U.S. Am­bas­sador David Fried­man; Florida Gov. Rick Scott; Is­rael's Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Naf­tali Ben­nett; Is­rael Jus­tice Min­is­ter Ayelet Shaked; Is­rael's Min­is­ter of Jerusalem Af­fairs and Her­itage Ze'ev Elkin; Mem­ber of Knes­set and Op­po­si­tion Leader Yitzhak Her­zog; and former Is­rael Chief Rabbi Yis­rael Meir Lau. Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for In­ter­na­tional Ne­go­ti­a­tions Ja­son Green­blatt was rec­og­nized by the or­ga­ni­za­tion for his com­mit­ment to bring­ing peace to the Mid­dle East and his cru­cial role in ad­vo­cat­ing for the em­bassy move.

“I spend half my time mon­i­tor­ing the progress of sanc­tions. They work! We must stop of the flow of funds to ter­ror­ists and rogue regimes,” said Mnuchin who re­ceived roar­ing ap­plause from the au­di­ence. “What a his­toric day. It was 70 years in the mak­ing and the right thing for the United States to do.”

Is­rael's Jus­tice Min­is­ter Ayelet Shaked on Mon­day called Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump the “Churchill of the 21st Cen­tury” at the OU break­fast.

Ac­cord­ing to a Times of Is­rael re­port, the jus­tice min­is­ter said Trump's de­ci­sion “re­versed Cham­ber­lain's pol­icy of ca­pit­u­la­tion” and as­serted “Is­rael is run­ning the show here.”

Shaked ap­peared to com­pare past U.S. pres­i­dents' re­fusal to move the em­bassy to Jerusalem to former Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Neville Cham­ber­lain's ap­pease­ment of the Nazis prior to World War II. Win­ston Churchill was the Bri­tish prime min­is­ter who fol­lowed Cham­ber­lain and led the war ef­fort against the Nazis dur­ing World War II.

Other Amer­i­can Jewish lead­ers such as Far­ley Weiss, the pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Young Is­rael said, “It was a true priv­i­lege to be part of today's open­ing of the U.S. Em­bassy in Jerusalem, which is the cul­mi­na­tion of an ex­cit­ing and his­toric process that be­gan with Pres­i­dent Trump's bold dec­la­ra­tion of Jerusalem as the eter­nal cap­i­tal of Is­rael.”

The NCYI has long ad­vo­cated for the United States to abide by the Jerusalem Em­bassy Act of 1995, which made it clear that it is U.S. law that a united Jerusalem is rec­og­nized as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael and called for the mov­ing of the U.S. Em­bassy to Jerusalem.

“As the eter­nal and in­dis­putable cap­i­tal of the State of Is­rael, Jerusalem has a fun­da­men­tal con­nec­tion to the Jewish na­tion that touches on all facets of our his­tory as a peo­ple, and it is only fit­ting that the U.S. diplo­matic pres­ence in Is­rael will now call Jerusalem home,” Weiss added.

In ad­di­tion to Weiss' par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Jerusalem cer­e­mony, NCYI Board Mem­bers Beatriz Seinuk-Ack­er­man and Jonathan Brate­man took part in a spe­cial re­cep­tion at the White House, where they watched the Jerusalem Em­bassy open­ing with mem­bers of the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Richard D. Hei­de­man, Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Zion­ist Move­ment (AZM) also saluted the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new U.S. Em­bassy in Jerusalem, the cap­i­tal of the State of Is­rael.

“The work and as­pi­ra­tions of Amer­i­can Zion­ists are ful­filled with the of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of the State of Is­rael and its man­i­fes­ta­tion em­bod­ied in the open­ing of the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in the eter­nal cap­i­tal city of the Jewish Peo­ple,” said Richard D. Hei­de­man, Pres­i­dent of the AZM, who is at­tend­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony. “As Amer­i­can Zion­ists, the recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael is a foun­da­tional is­sue we have long worked to­ward and sought to achieve by a United States Ad­min­is­tra­tion, and today it be­comes a re­al­ity. Today, we cel­e­brate the per­fect con­nec­tion of Amer­ica with Zion as the na­tional home­land and na­tion-state of the Jewish peo­ple.”

The Rab­bini­cal Al­liance of Amer­ica — Igud HaRab­bonim, a pro­fes­sional Rab­bini­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion with a mem­ber­ship of 950 Ortho­dox Rab­bis is­sued a state­ment to the me­dia in which they pro­fusely thanked Pres­i­dent Trump for open­ing the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Jerusalem on “the 51stan­niver­sary of the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Jerusalem. “

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-Pres­i­dent of the RAA/IGUD stated, “We ap­plaud Pres­i­dent Trump for ful­fill­ing his cam­paign pledge to re­lo­cate the Amer­i­can Em­bassy to Jerusalem, thereby fur­ther­ing peace in the Mid­dle East. This is an un­am­bigu­ous and clear dec­la­ra­tion that the United States of Amer­ica stands with Is­rael and rec­og­nizes Jerusalem as Is­rael's eter­nal cap­i­tal.”

He added: “We pray that the Cre­ator shine His bless­ings on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion to lead the world to­wards uni­ver­sal peace. We also pray that the United States of Amer­ica will con­tinue to stead­fastly lead the world in pro­tect­ing the safety and se­cu­rity of all free­dom-lov­ing peo­ple, es­pe­cially the State of Is­rael that faces en­e­mies who stub­bornly refuse to ac­knowl­edge its right to ex­ist.”

In a five-minute video en­ti­tled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Mus­lims”, Al-Qaeda leader Ay­man al-Zawahiri called on Mus­lims to carry out a ji­had against the United States in re­sponse to Amer­ica's de­ci­sion to move its Is­raeli em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, ac­cord­ing to a JNS re­port.

Al-Zawahiri, an Egyp­tian sur­geon, took over the rad­i­cal ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter founder Osama Bin Laden was shot dead by Amer­i­can forces in 2011.

Al-Zawahiri railed against the Pales­tinian Author­ity as the “sell­ers of Pales­tine” and against Pres­i­dent Trump as “the true face of the mod­ern Cru­sade” who could only be met with “re­sis­tance through the call of Ji­had”, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script by the SITE mon­i­tor­ing agency.

He also said that Bin Laden called the US “the first en­emy of the Mus­lims, and swore that it will not dream of se­cu­rity un­til it is lived in re­al­ity in Pales­tine, and un­til all the armies of dis­be­lief leave the land of Muham­mad.”

Ha­mas called on Gazans to en­gage in vi­o­lent protests and break through the se­cu­rity fence with Is­rael on Mon­day, at the same time as the U.S. em­bassy in­au­gu­ra­tion fes­tiv­i­ties would oc­cur in Jerusalem.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s daugh­ter Ivanka is pic­tured here at the cer­e­mony in Jerusalem mark­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the US em­bassy in the cap­i­tal of the Jewish state. She was ac­com­pa­nied by hus­band Jared Kush­ner, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Reu­ven (Ruby) Rivlin, US Am­bas­sador to Is­rael David Fried­man, and Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin who is pic­tured here. (Photo Credit: Is­rael GPO)

US Am­bas­sador to Is­rael David Fried­man, Sara Ne­tanyahu, Prime Min­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steve Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump and hus­band Jared Kush­ner, Is­raeli Am­bas­sador to the US Ron Der­mer and oth­ers pose for a photo be­fore the cer­e­mony mark­ing the of­fi­cial move of the US em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem . (Photo Credit: Is­rael Gov­ern­ment Press Office)

From left to right - Sen­a­tor Lind­say Gra­ham (R-SC), Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz (R-TX), Is­raeli Prime Min­ster Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu & Gover­nor Rick Scott of Florida

David Fried­man, the US am­basador to Is­rael praises Pres­i­dent Trump on his coura­geous move to the US em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Am­bas­sador David Fried­man and Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu at the cer­e­mony in Jerusalem mark­ing the open­ing of the US em­bassy. (Photo Credit:

Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin ad­dresses gath­er­ing at the cer­e­mony mark­ing the open­ing of the US em­bassy in Jerusalem

Jared Kush­ner, the se­nior ad­vi­sor and son-in-law of Pres­i­dent Trump ad­dresses US em­bassy cer­e­mony in Jerusalem

Ivanka Trump and Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steve Mnuchin are seen here of­fi­cially un­veil­ing the new US em­bassy in Jerusalem

The road lead­ing to the newly opened US em­bassy in Jerusalem is becked with both Amer­i­can and Is­raeli flags

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