The US officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday, strengthening the ties between the two nations.
“On December 6th, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem,” said President Donald Trump in a video statement.
“Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government. It is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli supreme court and Israel’s prime minister and president. Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital, yet for many years, we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem,” Trump continued.
“As I said in December, our greatest hope is for peace,” he concluded.
On the eve of the embassy move, thousands of Israelis gathered to celebrate both the US decision as well as Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), the 51st anniversary of the reunification of the city following the Six-Day War in 1967. During the Six-Day War, Israeli repelled mobilizing Egyptian, Syrian, and Jordanian troops poised to invade and destroy the country.
The words “Thank You President Trump” were projected onto the ancient walls of Jerusalem.
May 14 is also the 70th anniversary of the date that US President Harry Truman became the first world leader to officially recognize the nation of Israel.
According to Breitbart, an official in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the mood in his department was “somewhere between ecstatic and euphoric.”
Inside the city, American flags and Israeli Flags can be seen hanging side-by-side, including signs thanking President Trump, calling him a “Friend of Zion.”
The Jerusalem Post even featured a giant ad thanking President Trump for staying true to his promise of recognizing Jerusalem as the nation’s capital.
“What a glorious day, remember this moment. This is history,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history. All of us are deeply moved. All of us are deeply grateful.
“This is the theme that’s in our spiritual DNA and therefore when the president of the United States moves the US Embassy to Jerusalem and recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he is addressing something at the core of Jewish identity,” former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold told CBN.
“Jerusalem’s been the capital of the Jewish people, as I said, for 3,000 years. I don’t see that changing,” Gold continued. “I think as long as we have freedom of worship, freedom of access guaranteed, I think that many in the Arab world will acquiesce to the idea that Jerusalem remains the undivided capital of Israel.”
“Israel’s enemies have always fought on the propaganda argument of words, the fact that Israel was illegitimate and had no rights to this land,” former Congresswoman Michele Bachman told CBN. “President Trump, excuse the pun, played a trump card. He’s taken the article off the table. He said look we aren’t even going to talk about this anymore – Jerusalem is or isn’t Israel’s, it is. We’re making a decision. It is.”