On Wednesday, President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and directed the State Department to begin the process of relocating the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Trump’s decision, expressing profound gratitude on behalf of the people of Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: @POTUS Trump, thank you for today's historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/Z24lSRezYm— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017
This is a historic day. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017
It's been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years.
It was here that our temples stood, our kings ruled, our prophets preached.
Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017
From every corner of the earth, our people yearned to return to Jerusalem, to touch its golden stones, to walk its hallowed streets.
So it's rare to be able to speak of new and genuine milestones in the glorious history of this city.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017
Yet today's pronouncement by @POTUS Trump is such an occasion.
We're profoundly grateful for the President for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the US embassy here.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM)December 6, 2017
This decision reflects @POTUS commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017
The President's decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.
I call on all countries that seek peace to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move their embassies here.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017
I share @POTUS Trump's commitment to advancing peace between Israel and all of our neighbors, including the Palestinians.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017
This has been our goal from Israel's first day.
And we will continue to work with the President and his team to make that dream of peace come true.
I also want to make clear: there will be no change whatsoever to the status quo at the holy sites.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017
Israel will always ensure freedom of worship for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike.
Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer also thanked President Trump, tweeting an image of an Israeli flag and a U.S. flag displayed proudly next to each other on the old city wall of Jerusalem.
Thank you @POTUS Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and taking an honored place alongside President Truman, who recognized the State of Israel 70 years ago. pic.twitter.com/Ed4qhH4Mez— Amb. Ron Dermer (@AmbDermer) December 6, 2017
Other countries have expressed an interest in following the United States’ lead and recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the sovereign nation of Israel.
This is a historic day for the sovereign nations of the United States and Israel.
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