Seventy-one years ago today, on May 14th, 1948, Israel declared its independence. Israelis celebrated last week according to the Hebrew calendar with dancing in the streets, picnics, and fireworks.
Today Israelis are actually celebrating another very important anniversary. It’s been one year since the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem.
President Trump defied critics and conventional wisdom and followed through on his campaign promise to move the US embassy — something three previous presidents failed to do.
The move had been mandated by the US Congress in 1995 but allowed presidents to delay the move for national security reasons every six months.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated the move saying, “This week we will mark one year since the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. The official residence of the US Ambassador is also moving to Jerusalem; thus, in effect, the Congressional decision will be implemented.”
“We very much appreciate this historic decision by President Trump, just as we very much appreciate his historic decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said.
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