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Published on 14 May 2018

#Crif #Jerusalem - US Embassy moving to Jerusalem - A day for History

Israel dreamed about it, the United States did it ... This day of May 14, 2018 saw the transfer of the American Embassy to Jerusalem, a transfer that was announced by President Donald Trump last December. Crif invites you to live this moment that has become part of History.

Today, the day after the anniversary of his reconquest by the Israeli army, Jerusalem has experienced a historic moment, a new date to add to its past.

Many guests of the Trump Administration as well as members of the Knesset and the Government of Israel were present for this historic day. The ceremony began with the American anthem, immediately followed by a first speech by David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel. 

US President Donald Trump, absent from the ceremony, sent a video message in which he recalls the sanctity of Jerusalem and its undeniable link with the Jewish people.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin then took the floor. In a grateful speech, he emphasized the care that Israel would continue to give to Jerusalem and the peace process.

Jared Kushner, President Trump's advisor on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, addressed his sincere satisfaction at being in Jerusalem, "the eternal heart of the Jewish people," for this historic moment. "When President Trump makes a promise, he holds it!" he said, recalling how little time elapsed between Donald Trump's announcement last December and the effective transfer of the US Embassy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then spoke. He warmly thanked Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for their presence and commitment to peace as well as Donald Trump for his courage and dedication to Israel. "We have no better friends than the United States," he said at the beginning of his speech. He emphasized the historic nature of the day by addressing the audience: "Remember this moment!". Benjamin Netanyahu, alternating Hebrew and English, recalled the history of Jerusalem and concluded by saying, "We are in Jerusalem, and we are here to stay!"

He then spoke to David Friedmann, US Ambassador to Israel, and congratulated him for his ongoing effort for truth and peace. "You have the privilege of being the first Ambassador to serve in Jerusalem, and it is a great honor."

Benjamin Netanyahu ended his speech by telling everyone to remember the historical truth of the Holy City: "Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people, the unique, indivisible and eternal capital of the State of Israel!"

The singer Hagit Yaso concluded the ceremony by singing "Peace will come to us", a song full of hope, which has found a special echo for all those who have Jerusalem somewhere in the heart.

Live of the ceremony in Jerusalem on i24news

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