USA Embassy Opens In Israel's Capital

“Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.’ “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.’ “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, Will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’”
Zech. 8: 3-6

USA EMBASSY OPENS IN ISRAEL’S CAPITAL: USA Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, spoke at the opening ceremony on Monday 14 May 2018. "On this exact day 70 years ago, at almost this exact time, David Ben Gurion declared Israel's independence. Just 11 minutes later, President Harry Truman caused the United States to be the first nation to recognize the reborn State of Israel. He later regretted that he waited so long," Ambassador Friedman said. "70 years since that memorable event, almost to the minute, the United States finally takes the next step: a step awaited, voted upon, litigated, and prayed for for all these years. Today, we open the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel," he declared. The ambassador credited USA President Donald Trump for having the courage to open an embassy in Israel's capital. "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 J. Trump.

"Today, we keep our promise to the American people, and we extend to Israel the same right that we extend to every other nation, the right to designate its capital city. A capital city, I should add, which houses all three seats of government, with a 3,000 year old history dating back to the time when King David made Jerusalem the capital of ancient Israel. Jerusalem has inspired Americans since well before the founding of our republic," Friedman continued. "John Winthrop, in 1630, as he approached Massachusetts Bay, spoke of his quest to build the 'new Jerusalem' as a 'City on a Hill,' a phrase expanded by President Reagan to be a 'Shining City on a Hill.' The United States established its consulate in 1844, 104 years before the birth of the State of Israel. And President Lincoln, relaxing for the first time in years as the Civil War came to an end, told his wife Mary that it was finally time for him to take some rest. And he expressed his hope and desire to visit the holy city of Jerusalem." (Arutz-7)

USA PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ADDRESSES OPENING OF USA EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM: President Donald Trump addressed the ceremony in a pre-recorded video. "Israel is a sovereign nation, with the right, like any other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Yet for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem. On December 6, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the sacred land of Jerusalem," Trump said. "The United States will always be a a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace." In addition to Ambassador Friedman, the USA delegation to the event included Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, President Trump's special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Senators Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Dean Heller, Congressmen Joe Wilson and Ted Deutch, Former USA Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her Husband Jared Kushner. (Arutz-7)

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‘THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT’: USA Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took part in a festive event hosted by the Orthodox Union at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem Monday morning 14 May 2018, celebrating early the official unveiling of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, that took place Monday afternoon. "This is an incredible moment,” said Mnuchin, who came as part of a 250-member USA delegation headed by USA Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. “I'm thrilled to be here on behalf of the president. It's a big day - moving the embassy here. Seventy years in the making. We're thrilled to be here representing the president to do this." Mnuchin also expressed optimism regarding the prospect for peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. "We're also determined that Iran not have nuclear weapons. The president is very focused on keeping the world safe." (Arutz-7)

USA EMBASSY MOVE TO JERUSALEM SEEN AS ISRAELI TRIUMPH: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner joined hundreds of luminaries in Jerusalem to applaud the long-delayed opening of an American embassy in Israel's capital. With the move from Tel Aviv, USA President Donald Trump reversed seven decades of USA policy, defying a longstanding international consensus. But for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, the embassy inauguration was a diplomatic triumph. On Monday, 14 May 2018 he saw the fulfillment of a cherished national goal - the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by its most powerful ally. Speaking in Hebrew, PM Netanyahu recalled the days of his childhood, when he played on the site of what is today's USA embassy. He said today would be etched in history. (Arutz-7/Financial Times-UK)"When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.’” Ps. 126:1-3

DOZENS OF COUNTRIES PARTICIPATE IN ISRAEL’S CELEBRATIONS OF USA EMBASSY MOVE: An event Sunday hosted by Israel's Foreign Ministry for the USA delegation in Israel for the USA Embassy opening in Jerusalem was attended by representatives from Albania, Angola, Austria, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Kenya, Macedonia, Burma, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, South Sudan, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, Paraguay, Tanzania and Zambia. (Ha'aretz) “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” Zech. 8:23

NETANYAHU: TRUMP MADE HISTORY: PM Netanyahu praised USA President Donald Trump at the opening ceremony for the new American embassy in Jerusalem on Mon. 14 May 2018. "We have no better friends in the world," Netanyahu told the USA delegates at the ceremony. "You stand for Israel and you stand for Jerusalem. Thank you dear friends, what a glorious day. Remember this moment! This is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history," he declared. "All of us are deeply moved. All of us are deeply grateful," Netanyahu added. Netenyahu described his early childhood in Arnona, the same neighborhood where the embassy was opened. "My mother told me, 'you can't go any further.' This was near the border. It was sniper explosive fire. That was then. This is now. Today the embassy of the most powerful nation on earth, our greatest ally, the United States of America: today its embassy opened here." (INN)

NETANYAHU AT EMBASSY CEREMONY: TRUMP REFLECTS THE SIMPLE TRUTH: “President Donald Trump is making history,” Netanyahu said Sunday 13 May 2018 at a reception in the Foreign Ministry attended by Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who are leading the USA delegation to the embassy opening. “We are deeply grateful, and our people will be eternally grateful, for his bold decision.” Netanyahu said Trump’s decision reflects a simple truth: “Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for the past 3,000 years, has been the capital of our state for the past 70 years, and will remain our capital for all time. “Thank you President Trump for your bold decision! Thank you for making the alliance between Israel and the United States stronger than ever!”

The prime minister also said the truth is that not only has Jerusalem been the capital of the Jewish people since the 1st millennium BC, and the capital of the state since its inception, “the truth is that under any peace agreement that you could possibly imagine, Jerusalem will remain Israel’s capital.” According to Netanyahu, it “took a President Trump” to enunciate this “simple basic truth,” and said that once it is out there, it will spread. Highlighting that Guatemala is scheduled to move its embassy in two days, followed by Paraguay, Netanyahu said “other nations are in the process” of doing the same, though he would not specify the names of those countries. Netanyahu, who seemed buoyant during his speech, referred to Israel’s victory early Sunday morning in the Eurovision song contest, saying “Israel is a rising power in the world: in cyber, IT, water, judo, in singing. Those who didn’t want Jerusalem in the Eurovision, are getting the Eurovision in Jerusalem,” he said in reference to next year’s contest now scheduled to be held in Israel as a result of Netta Barzilai’s victory. (J.Post/INN)

JERUSALEM WELCOMES THE NEW USA EMBASSY WHILE PALESTINIANS DECRY ‘HOSTILE’ MOVE: An American delegation including White House officials and major GOP donors officially opened the USA Embassy in Jerusalem on Mon. 14 May 2019 handing Israel a long-sought victory but touching off fresh clashes from outraged Palestinians. Near Jerusalem, at least two clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters. Also on the Gaza Strip border, deadly confrontations escalated ahead of USA embassy opening in Jerusalem. Medical sources say more than 900 people were wounded, 450 of them from live fire. The death toll in the Palestinian riots on the Gaza border fence rose to 43 on Monday afternoon. (Washington Post) Please intercede against Palestinian violence both in and around Jerusalem during this happy time, and also against uprisings along the Gaza Strip where women and children are being used as human shields.

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