President Trump did not travel to Jerusalem for the opening ceremony, but a video message from him was just played on a big screen there.
“Exactly 70 years ago today the United States under Harry Truman became the first nation to recognise the state of Israel,” he said. “Today we open the US embassy in Jerusalem. It’s been a long time coming.”
He added: “Today Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, and the home of the Israeli legislature and supreme court and its prime minister and president.
“Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other to determine its own capital. But for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious.”
Mr Trump said he had accomplished the relocation “many many years ahead of schedule”, and the US would “always be a great friend to Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace”.
The ceremony in Jerusalem began with the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, officially declaring the new embassy open.
“Today, we open the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel,” he said. “Again the US leads the way as the first nation to do so.”
He credited Mr Trump’s “courage and moral clarity” for the embassy move, adding: “We owe an enormous and eternal debt of gratitude.”
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