Talk about watching history in the making. Looks like Trump is making plenty of moves this week so people, keep your eyes open, read and take heed to the message you receive.
A sign and flags appear on a bridge nearby the US consulate that will act as the new US embassy in the Jewish neighborhood of Arnona, May 13, 2018.
Critics say the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital could make a region already struggling with four ongoing conflicts all the more combustible. And they argue it marks the end of the US role as an “honest broker” in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.The new diplomatic office, is in what was an existing U.S. consular building, was opened in a ceremony led by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and attended by Israeli and American leaders. The day has also been marked by violence, with at least 37 Palestinians killed by Israeli military forces and more than 1,600 injured in massive protests at the Gaza border against the embassy move, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.
“Today’s historic event is attributed to the vision, the courage, and the moral clarity of one person to whom we owe an enormous and eternal debt of gratitude — President Donald Trump,” Friedman said to a standing ovation at the ceremony.
“In the long run, we’re convinced that this decision creates an opportunity and a platform to proceed with a peace process on the basis of realities rather than fantasies,” David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, told reporters Friday. “We’re fairly optimistic that this decision will ultimately create greater stability rather than less.”
A campaign promise
Trump announced the decision to move the embassy in December, when he formally recognized the city as the capital of Israel. It marked the fulfillment of a campaign promise he made to the pro-Israel group American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
“As the President stated on December 6, 2017, the historic opening of our embassy recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of its government,” the State Department said in a statement.
Trump claims he saved almost $999,800,000 on US embassy in Jerusalem: The Embassy move is contentious for Palestinians, who hope to claim part of the city as their future capital, and for many in the Arab world, as it is home to some of the holiest sites in Islam. The city is also home to deeply holy sites for Jews and Christians. The issue has been so thorny that international negotiators had left the question of Jerusalem to the final stages of any peace deal.
In 1995, Congress passed a law requiring America to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but every president since then has declined to make the move, citing national security interests. The State Department noted that the opening will take place on the 70th anniversary of American recognition of the State of Israel, the day of its founding and a day that Palestinians refer to as “the Catastrophe,” as hundreds of thousands fled their homes.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend a reception ceremony for the US delegation ahead of the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, May 13, 2018.
Trump will address Monday’s ceremony by video, but was represented in person by his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump and son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. The U.S. expected some 800 people to attend the event, including a congressional delegation and a presidential delegation led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.
A bus decorated with Israeli and U.S. flags and a message welcoming the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is seen near the location of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, May 13, 2018.