“This month, just like I promised during the campaign, the United States officially opened the American embassy in Jerusalem,” President Trump said at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee.
The crowd erupted into applause and cheers. “Every president, both parties in running they said we are going to open the embassy in Jerusalem. We’re going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital,” he continued. (RELATED: FLASHBACK: All The Times Past Presidents Promised To Move US Embassy To Jerusalem)
“They never did it. And now I know why. Because two weeks out, when people sort of started to think that we’re going to open up the embassy, I was called by every leader in the world don’t do it. Don’t do it. We don’t want it. Don’t do it. And I understood. The pressure not to open it was tremendous,” the president explained. “And we did it. And we did the right thing. We did the right thing.”
The United States had previously recognized Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel for safety and political reasons. Both Israelis and Palestinians consider Jerusalem a holy city and they have fought over it since the country’s inception.
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