Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation for his moving address at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, thanking President Donald Trump for his courage and declaring that Jerusalem, the ancient Jewish capital, will always remain the capital of Israel.
Netanyahu saluted the IDF soldiers and all members of Israel’s security forces for defending the Jewish state.
He also thanked the Trump administration for “making the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever,” and singled out Ambassador David Friedman for “bringing our countries and people closer together.”
“You are the first American ambassador to serve your country in Jerusalem. This is your distinct honor. Nobody can be first again,” he said.
Netanyahu concluded by quoting the Prophet Zecharia, in English and in Hebrew, who 2,500 years ago called Jerusalem “the city of truth,” and then recited the “Shehecheyanu” prayer of thanksgiving for having reached this day. (Barukh ata adonai elohenu melekh ha’olam, shehecheyanu, v’kiyimanu, v’higiyanu la’z’man ha’zeh. Blessed are You Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe who has given us life, sustained us and allowed us to reach this day.)
This is “a great day for Israel, it’s a great day for America, but I believe it’s also a great day for peace,” Netanyahu stated at the historic US Embassy opening in Jerusalem.
“It’s not coincidental” that the embassy move coincided with Trump’s announcement that he planned to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, Mnuchin added.
Also on hand were Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Dean Heller of Nevada and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“Of all the things President Trump could have done, doing this [embassy move] is the strongest signal he could send to the Israeli people,” South Carolina’s Graham said.
President Donald Trump declared Monday a “great day” for Israel as his top aides celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.