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Israel's president invites Pres. Trump to visit Jerusalem, congratulates him on his inauguration

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 10: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Newly elected Israeli President Reuven Rivlin makes a speech after the Presidential vote at the Knesset, on June 10, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Reuven Rivlin was elected as Israel's 10th President on Tuesday, receiving the support of 63 Knesset members in a runoff vote against Meir Sheetrit. Rivlin will be ceremoniously sworn in as first citizen of Israel on July 24, 2014, replacing outgoing President Shimon Peres. (Photo by Amos Ben/GPO via Getty Images)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has invited President Donald Trump to visit him in Jerusalem in a new letter congratulating Trump on his inauguration on Friday.

Writing in a letter to Trump on Saturday, Rivlin wished Trump and his administration much success.

"On behalf of the people and State of Israel, I am honored to extend to you congratulations on your inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America," Rivlin wrote.

"On behalf of our people, I wish you and your administration much success, and take this opportunity to extend to you an invitation to visit the State of Israel and be our guest in Jerusalem," he added.

The Israeli leader went on to express gratitude for the foundation and principles that Israel and America share, while saying that he is hopeful for a very fruitful relationship with Trump's administration.

"As you take this esteemed office, I wish to express my gratitude for the support and friendship of the American people, along with my hope that our special relationship and cooperation will continue to flourish and grow stronger," Rivlin wrote.

During the campaign and after winning the election, Trump has vowed to be a very strong friend and ally to Israel during his presidency. He doubled down on those promises late last year after the United Nations Security Council passed an anti-Israeli resolution condemning the Jewish State.

The resolution passed due in part to former President Barack Obama telling the American U.N. delegation to abstain from voting on it, which many saw as a snub to Israel. The vast majority of members of Congress and Americans were outraged by the move, which was seen as a break from standard U.S. foreign policy.

In addition, Trump and senior administration officials have repeatedly said they are considering moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's declared capital city.

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