New American Embassy In Jerusalem Opens for Business
JERUSALEM -- The new American embassy in Jerusalem is open for business.
U.S.-Israel Ambassador David Friedman called it a historic day.
In a video statement from the White House, President Trump said the opening makes a strong statement that Jerusalem is the historic capital of Israel. He argued that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is long overdue.
"The United States will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace," President Trump said during his video address.
Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said it is a proud moment for the U.S. and Israel. He also called it an important moment for the advancement of peace.
Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December and announced plans to start moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel applauded Trump's moves but some other U.S. allies strongly argued against it, warning that it could provoke violence and further destabilize the volatile Middle East.
More than 50 U.S. diplomats will staff the Jerusalem embassy and the operation is expected to grow in coming months.
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