Netanyahu:
'Trump is making history'

Watch as Israel celebrates the true friendship with the United States and the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Arutz Sheva Staff, | updated: 19:07

Mnuchin (l), Kushner (c), and Ivanka Trump
Mnuchin (l), Kushner (c), and Ivanka Trump
Hillel Meir/TPS

Israel’s Foreign Ministry organized a special event Sunday evening in Jerusalem to welcome the US delegation visiting Israel ahead of the planned opening of the new US embassy in Israel’s capital city.

The American delegation included, among others, American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, and First Daughter Ivanka Trump.

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu earlier on Sunday, shortly after the US delegation landed at Ben Gurion Airport.

Kushner said he was honored to be in Israel for the 51st Jerusalem Day celebration, and to be part of the American delegation set to unveil the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. Kushner was joined by his wife and President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who said it was “a great honor” to be present at the ceremony marking the relocation of America’s embassy.

"President Trump is making history," said Prime Minister Netanyahu during his address at the festive event.

"We are deeply grateful and our people will be eternally grateful for his bold decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move the embassy there tomorrow."

Netanyahu also mentioned Israel's win at the Eurovision song contest this weekend, and noted that as the victor, Israel would host next year's Eurovision.

The Prime Minister added that despite efforts by some to block Israel's contestant Netta Barzilai from proceeding to the Eurovision finals, Israel won first place.

"Those who didn't want Israel in the Eurovision, are going to get the Eurovision in Jerusalem. Next year in Jerusalem!

"That's next year. But tomorrow will be a historic day for our people and for our state. President Trump's decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem affirms a great and simple truth. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for the past 3,000 years. It has been the capital of our state for the last 70 years. It 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.

"Now, you know how you recognize real leadership? It’s when others follow, and others are following in President Trump’s footsteps.

"I thank Guatemala’s Foreign Minister, who is here, Sandra Jovel, who has joined us today. We will open your embassy two days from tomorrow. Thank you.

"I thank the President of Paraguay and the incoming President of Paraguay, because they’ll open their embassy a few days after that. And other nations are in the process of doing exactly that.

"That’s a state secret, and we don’t reveal our state secrets. Sometimes we reveal other’s state secrets. We’ll let you know as time comes.

"I call on all countries to join the US in moving their embassies to Jerusalem. Move your embassies to Jerusalem because it’s the right thing to do. And move your embassies to Jerusalem—listen to this: Move your embassies to Jerusalem because it advances peace, and that’s because you can’t base peace on a foundation of lies. You base peace on the foundations of truth, and the truth is that not only has Jerusalem been the capital of the Jewish people for millennia and the capital of our state from its inception, the truth is that under any peace agreement you could possibly imagine, Jerusalem will remain Israel’s capital.

"It took President Trump, a President Trump to enunciate this simple, basic truth. And once enunciated, that truth will propagate. So I expect—you can call me, all the ambassadors who are here and afterwards, you can whisper in my ear, we’ll fix it. But it will happen. And to achieve peace, we have to do one other thing: We must confront the enemies of peace, and I thank President Trump for his decision to confront Iran rather than to appease it. Pulling out of the nuclear deal means that the world’s greater sponsor of terrorism, greatest sponsor of terrorism, is no longer on a glide-path to attaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons. This is good for Israel, this is good for the region, it’s good for the world.

"Now, I have something to say to part of the world: With all due respect to those sitting in European capitals, we here in the capitals of the Middle East—in Jerusalem, in Riyadh and elsewhere—we’ve seen the disastrous consequences of the Iran deal. And so when President Trump decides to pull out of this deal, to walk away from it, we know that when he walks away from a bad deal, he’s doing a good thing for our region, for the United States and for the world."



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