The U.S. today officially opened its new embassy in Jerusalem amid massive protests by Palestinians.
The move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem comes five months after President Donald Trump made his blockbuster announcement of the change in December.
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.
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.
The American delegation touched down Sunday afternoon, and following a reception with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, dined at the prime minister’s house.
Earlier in the evening, in front of a very friendly and very enthusiastic crowd, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heaped praise on President Trump.
“Thank you, President Trump, for your bold decision,” Netanyahu said.
“Thank you for making the alliance between Israel and the United States stronger than ever.
Get real time update about this post categories directly on your device, subscribe now.