Monday, 14 May 2018

US embassy opens in Israel's capital



The move comes five months after President Donald Trump made his announcement in December that the U.S. embassy would shift from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


The new diplomatic office, 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 officials.
 
 
The day has also been marked by violence, with dozens of Palestinians killed and more than 1,600 injured in 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 J. Trump," Friedman said to a standing ovation at the ceremony.

'This president delivered'


Trump addressed the gathering by video, celebrating the historic move and saying the U.S. "extend[s] a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians, and all of their neighbors" and remains "fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement" between them.


 
 
ABC    News.