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‘A great day for Israel,’ Trump declares as embassy moves to Jerusalem

‘A great day for Israel,’ Trump declares as embassy moves to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump declared Monday a “great day” for Israel as his top aides celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

By: AP and World Israel News Staff

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, led the US delegation at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalemwith a single message: Only Trump had the courage to act on what America has wanted for a long time.

“While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American Embassy once they were in office, this president delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it,” Kushner said.

In a video address that aired at the ceremony’s opening, 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.”

“It’s not coincidental” that the embassy move coincided with Trump’s announcement that he planned to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, Mnuchin addedw.

Also on hand were Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Dean Heller of Nevada and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

“Of all the things President Trump could have done, doing this [embassy move] is the strongest signal he could send to the Israeli people,” South Carolina’s Graham said.

美国总统唐纳德特朗普的女儿伊万卡和女婿贾里德库什纳以及财政部长史蒂夫姆努钦率领美国代表团在美国驻耶路撒冷大使馆开幕时带来了一条消息:只有特朗普有勇气根据美国的要求采取行动 需很长时间。
“虽然在他之前的总统已经放弃了他们担任美国大使馆担任职务后的承诺,但这位总统交付了。 因为当特朗普总统作出承诺时,他会保留它,“库什纳说。

特朗普在仪式开幕式上播放的视频地址中表示,向耶路撒冷迁移的时间“很长一段时间”。他表示,他仍致力于“推动达成持久和平协议”,并表示他“将友谊延伸至 以色列,巴勒斯坦人和所有邻国。“
“在1948年宣布建国之后,以色列几乎立即将耶路撒冷指定为首都,犹太人在古代建立的首都非常重要。 今天,耶路撒冷是以色列政府的所在地,“他说。

得克萨斯州Ted Cruz,犹他州Mike Lee,内华达州Dean Heller和南卡罗来纳州Lindsey Graham。

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