It’s finally official!
As I write, the Trump Administration is officially opening the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Despite the naysayers, President Trump has fulfilled his long-held promise: if elected president, he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Now, unlike every other president before him, Trump fulfilled his promise.
The State Department released the following statement to mark the historical event:
The Department of State is proud to announce that the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem will be dedicated on Monday, May 14. Ambassador David M. Friedman will preside over the dedication ceremony and Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan will lead the Presidential Delegation to the historic opening along with Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Advisor Ivanka Trump, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.
As the President stated on December 6, 2017, the historic opening of our embassy recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of its government. Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Harry S Truman, became the first nation to recognize the State of Israel. Moving our Embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal; rather it is a necessary condition for it. We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders.
This has been a long time coming. And all the media’s hand-wringing is pure baloney. The U.S. Congress voted in 1995 for the government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Trump has been the first president to actually fulfill the law in word and deed.
Unfortunately, the embassy opening hasn’t been all celebration. We’re just getting word that at least 37 Palestinians have been killed during protests of the embassy opening. It’s a sad situation, but we knew this sensitive issue would spark some kind of protest.
BREAKING: Gaza health officials say the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire on the Gaza border has risen to 37.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 14, 2018
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