70 years ago today, the United States became, under President Harry Truman, the first nation to recognize the new state of Israel.
Today, President Trump made history once again.
And by doing so, kept this major campaign promise that many past presidents have failed to see through.
America became the first country to open an embassy in Jerusalem.
President Trump campaigned on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and pledged to move the U.S. Embassy there.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the embassy:
President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.
Today, the most — the embassy of the most powerful nation on Earth, our greatest ally, the United States of America — today its embassy opened here.
We are in Jerusalem, and we are here to stay.
Last December, President Trump became the first world leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital. And today, the United States of America is opening its embassy right here in Jerusalem.
Thank you. Thank you, President Trump for having the courage to keep your promises.
Thank you, President Trump, and thank you all, for making the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever.
My friends, this is a great day for Israel. It’s a great day for America. It’s a great day for our fantastic partnership. But I believe it’s also a great day for peace.
While President Trump couldn’t attend the historic embassy opening, in his filmed remarks he noted the U.S. was opening the embassy “many, many years ahead of schedule.”
“This city and its entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people,” he added.
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Are you glad to see the United States finally recognizing Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel?
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