American Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

May 14, 2018 Last Updated: May 14, 2018

The United States embassy opened in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, marking a historic moment in America’s relationship with Israel.

In December last year, President Donald Trump delivered on a campaign promise saying he would move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s official capital, Jerusalem.

“Today we open the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel,” U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman said at the beginning of the inaugural ceremony, attended by a U.S. delegation from Washington and Israeli leaders.

For decades, world leaders located their embassies in Tel Aviv to assuage Palestinians.

Palestinians seek to claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they want to establish. Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it annexed in the 1967 Six-Day War, as its “eternal and indivisible capital.”

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that it is possible for both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to gain more than they give in any peace deal. Kushner is the U.S. envoy to the Middle East and Trump’s son-in-law.

“We believe, it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give—so that all people can live in peace—safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams,” Kushner said.

The White House said in a statement that the Trump administration is committed to a lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that it is possible for both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to gain more than they give in any peace deal. Kushner is the U.S. envoy to the Middle East and Trump’s son-in-law.

“We believe, it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give—so that all people can live in peace—safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams,” Kushner said.

The White House said in a statement that the Trump administration is committed to a lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.