The United States fulfilled decades of foreign policy promises Monday, officially opening the American embassy in the heart of Jerusalem and declaring the holy city the capital of the Jewish State.
President Trump delivered a pre-recorded speech to dignitaries and officials gathered at the opening ceremony; saying the United States’ “greatest hope is for peace” throughout the Middle East.
“We are opening the embassy many, many years ahead of schedule. As I said in December, our greatest hope is for peace. The U.S. remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement,” said the President.
“We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, Palestinians and all of their neighbors. May there be peace,” he added. “This city and its entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable strength of the Jewish people.”
The President announced late last year his administration would relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; a move harshly condemned by the United Nations whose members view the holy city as an international zone and potential capital of an independent Palestinian state.