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U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Opens on Israeli's 70th Anniversary

The timing could not have been any better for the supporters of Israel and the American Embassy opening at 4 p.m. local time on Monday in Jerusalem. 70 years exactly thereafter the 1948 recognition of Israel as a nation, the ceremony just took place with the United States moving their Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

President Trump had stated, "I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering. Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more or less than recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It's something that has to be done."

Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Trump and White House Trump adviser, and his wife Ivanka Trump, were on hand in Israel to open the controversial American Embassy that has caused violence in some Middle-East communities. Violence has been particularly brutal in the Gaza strip during the last few days for a number of reasons including the protest of the American Embassy being opened in Jerusalem. 

Upon their arrival on Sunday night, Trump and Kushner attended a reception at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital with Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Fulfilling a campaign pledge in December, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, upending the status quo in the Middle East. Monday's ceremony was largely symbolic, as the new embassy building isn't ready yet, only an interim embassy will start operating inside the existing United States Consulate building in Jerusalem. A larger site will be found later within the city's very historic walls. East Jerusalem has been under the control of Israel since 1967, but Palestinians view it as the future site of their capital city.

The city of Jerusalem was adorned with United States and Israeli flags, and posters reading: "Trump is a friend of Zion."

Palestinian critics see the Trump administration's recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital as backing Israeli control over the entire city. Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, called the United States' decision, "the slap of the century."

Reporting from Jerusalem, Breitbart News Editor Joel B. Pollak interviewed the United States Reverend John Hagee who said, "Christians believe that Jerusalem will be the capital city in the Eternal Kingdom, ruled by Jesus Christ. The U.S. Embassy moving to Jerusalem is a very clear indicator of the verse in the book of Deuteronomy (28:13) where God promises: 'I will make you the head and not the tail.' Jerusalem is the epicenter of Christianity. Jerusalem is where Abraham placed Isaac on the altar on the Temple Mount in this city. Jerusalem is where Jeremiah and Isaiah penned the principles of righteousness that became the moral foundations of our civilization. Jerusalem is the city of God. Outside the city of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ was crucified, resurrected from the dead, and when he returns the second time, is going to put his foot on the Mount of Olives in the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the future of the world."

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Monday, 27 January 2020

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