Today we officially opened the United States' embassy in Jerusalem.
Congratulations. It's been a long time coming.
Almost immediately after declaring statehood in 1948,
Israel designated the city of Jerusalem as its capital.
The capital, the Jewish people established in ancient times.
So important. Today Jerusalem is the seat of the Israel's government.
It is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli supreme court
and Israel's prime minister and president.
Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation,
to determine its own capital, yet for many years we fail to acknowledge
the obvious, the plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem.
On December 6 2017 at my direction, the United States finally and officially
recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel.
Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy
in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem.
And we are opening it many many years ahead of schedule.
As I said in December, our greatest hope is for peace.
The United States remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement
and we continue to support the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites
including at the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif.
This city and this entire nation is a testiment to the unbreakable spirit
of the Jewish people. The United States will always be a great friend
of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace.
We wish ambassador Freedman good luck as he takes up his office
and this beautiful Jerusalem embassy, and we extend our hand and friendship
to Israel the Palestinians, and to all of their neighbors.
May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve there.
And may God bless the United States of America. Thank you.