On Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, whom Trump appointed, celebrated the third anniversary of Trump declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital.
“President Trump, Donald, exactly three years ago, you became the first world leader to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu said. As part of the ceremony, Netanyahu announced President Trump’s declaration would be placed next to President Truman’s declaration recognising Israel as an independent country.
He also said of President Trump “You recognised Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. You recognised Israel’s legitimate rights in Judea and Samaria.
You proposed a realistic peace plan that acknowledges those rights and maintains Israel’s ability to defend itself.
You forged the historic Abraham Accords, which ushered in a new period of peace that is dramatically changing the face of the Middle East before our very eyes.
And rather than appease those who chant ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ in Tehran, you withdrew from the dangerous Iran nuclear deal, placed crippling sanctions on Iran and took out the world’s most dangerous terrorist, Qassem Soleimani.”
This comes on the heels of historic peace deals being struck in the Middle East between The United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the Taliban, and other Middle Eastern countries and groups.
According to the Trump Administration, “After decades of instability and crisis, nations across the Middle East and Africa are increasingly working together to build a more peaceful, prosperous future.
“Since taking office, President Trump has worked to rebuild trust with our regional partners and identify their shared interests, moving them away from the conflicts of the past. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, the Middle East and Africa are experiencing the most rapid geopolitical transformation in over a generation.”
On February 23, 2018, the U.S. State Department announced the new US embassy would open in May that year. The US embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence.