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he knew how to respond. he used to say that plans are worthless, but planning is everything. you're thinking what is over the hill, what crisis could a route? who is very systematic. he met the president every week, he met congressional leaders, chaired the national security council every week, and he had his thumb on the government. he trusted the process. the government could work well if it was well led. >> tonight on c-span. white house senior adviser jared kushner, a ivanka trump, and israeli president -- prime minister benjamin netanyahu spoke at the dedication of a new embassy in jerusalem. president trump delivered videos in a taped
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presentation. this is about an hour and 25 minutes.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, we are about to begin our ceremony. please remember to silence your phones now. ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the presentation of colors by our security guard detachment and remain standing for the national anthem. >> march. on the colors.
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>> present. arms. see by thecan you don's early light -- by the d awn's early light
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what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the para lists -- through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there that star-spangled waver yet o'er the land of the free
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and the home of the brave? ♪ [applause] >> arms! retire the colors. >> ladies and gentlemen, please joinme me now in -- please me now in welcoming ambassador david friedman.
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[applause] >> distinguished guests and your friends, tammy and i welcome you to the opening and dedication of the united states embassy in jerusalem, israel. and applause]
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man: 70 yearsied ago today, at almost this exact time, david ben-gurion declared israel's independence. and thet harry truman united states were the first state to recognize the state of israel. he later regretted that he waited so long. all of prayed for for
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these years -- we open the united states embassy in jerusalem, israel. leads the united states the way as the first nation to do so. so many have worked so hard for so long for this day to come and they all deserve our thanks, but make no mistakes -- make no mistake. today's historic event is attributed to the vision, the courage, and the moral clarity to one person to whom we owe an enormous and a terminal debt of gratitude, president donald j. trump. [applause]
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we have an extra in her gathering of american patriots and israeli leaders. from our host country, his wishing the- in best to his wife. israel,e minister of benjamin netanyahu. jerusalem and his wife. the speaker. the leader of the opposition,
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isaac herzog and his wife. the deputy chief justice of the israel supreme court. the chief rabbi of israel. and the former chief rabbi of israel. in all the ministers, numbers of the idf, mayors and religious leaders. branch of thetive united states government, it is my pleasure to welcome the leader of the president's delegation, john j. sullivan. thethe 77th secretary of
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treasury, steven mnuchin. trump's senior adviser jared kushner. president trump's daughter and senior adviser a ivanka trump. specialt trump's representative for national negotiations, jason greenblatt. to united states ambassador israel lou eisenberg. the assistant secretary of state and the acting assistant secretary of state. legislative branch, we have four senators who support for israel is legendary -- senator lindsey graham. senator ted cruz.
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heller.dean senator mike. thank you for coming. and from our house of representatives, a delegation led by congressman joe wilson. congressman tom rice. congressman steve night. congressman dennis ross. jodey night to congressman scott taylor. congressman steve elden. congressman george holding, and congressman -- just last year, congressman stood at this podium and made a passionate and compelling case that this day would come, and so it has. so i would like to welcome the governor of my home state of florida who has been a strong
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advocate for jerusalem, governor scott. by a95, this was voted senator who is here today -- senator joseph lieberman. was passed by a vote of 90 20 in the senate to declare was the capital of israel and mandated the move of the embassy. 23 long years have passed since the transfer of the embassy became the law of the land, but today, we keep our promise to the american people and we extend to israel the same rights we extend to every other nation, the right to designate its capital city.
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[applause] the capital city, i should add, which houses all three states of government with a 3000-old his -- 3000 --year-old -- 3000 --year-old -- 3000-year-old history dating back to king david. at massachusetts bay, the new jerusalem as a city on a hill, a phrase expanded by president reagan. the united states established the consulate in 1844. president reagan, relaxing for the first time, told his wife -- that it was time for him to take some rest and it was his hope and desire to visit the holy
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city of jerusalem. many say those were his last words as he sat next to him -- set next to her in ford's theater. i think president lincoln is smiling today is another great republican, donald j. trump opens our embassy in the city that lincoln admired so much. i would like to thank the faith leaders here and the entire faith community for our support and i would like to call on two of them. dr. robert jefferss of the first
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baptist church of dallas along with the rabbi to offer a few words of inspiration. pastor jeffress: heavenly father, thank you for bringing us to this momentous occasion. 4000 years ago, you said to your servant abraham you would make him the father of a great nation, and nation for him the whole world would be blessed. now, as we look back, we see how israel has been that blessing to the entire world through her innovations in medicine, technology, and energy.
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but most of all, israel has less to this world by pointing us to you, through the message of her profits, the scriptures, and the messiah. we thank you for your providential and powerful protection of this nation from all who would seek to destroy her, this nation, the nation of israel, you have called the apple of your eye. and father, we are also grateful as we think about what happened 70 years ago today at this very moment when you fulfilled the prophecies of the profit from thousands of years ago andriy gathered your people in this promised land. we want to thank you, especially today for the courageous leadership of prime minister benjamin netanyahu and his determination to do what ever it takes to protect his people at all cost us. we are equally grateful for the
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skillful work of our ambassador david friedman who so effectively represents our united states policy of always standing by and supporting our most important ally and friend in the middle east. now, father, as we come to dedicate this embassy in the city of jerusalem, the city you named as the capital of israel 3000 years ago, we want to thank you for the tremendous leadership of our great president, donald j. trump. without president trump's determination, resolve, courage, we would not be here today. i believe, father, i speak for everyone of us when we say we thank you for every day you have given us a president who boldly stands on the right side of history, but more importantly, stands on the right side of you, oh, god, when it comes to
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israel. now, father, we want to pray what the psalmist prayed 3000 years ago, pray for the peace of jerusalem. may those who love her prosper. may peace well within her walls. and we pray this in the name and the spirit of jesus, our lord. amen. [applause] >> distinguished guests -- i will just refer to ambassador friedman, and honored friends, it is my honor that i address you in the holy city and the eternal capital of the jewish people, jerusalem. truth is not popular opinion. it is internal, not ephemeral, unchanging, not relative. truth spans the test of time. the jewish people's attachment to this holy city has never
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waned or faltered. for thousands of years, jews of every extraction have had the beautiful name of this beautiful city on their lips. that is truth. we celebrate the acknowledgment by a country -- the united states of america. we thank god almighty and we pray that other countries follow their example of the bond with the jewish people and their holy city.
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we pray that god almighty will continue to bless the united pray that they commitment to jerusalem's piece. the beauty of jerusalem, and my mentor, once said that falls are unifying was. the prophet said, you must love truth and peace. i pray that her neighbors in the entire world will find a true and perfect peace. one nation shall not pick up at sword against nation's third there will be harmony for no
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more. respect and not envy. meadows who love you, be at peace. [applause] >> thank you. leading the president's delegation to this historic event's deputy security of state. >> deputy secretary sullivan serves last month is our acting secretary of state leading the
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transition of leadership to the secretary of state, mike pompeo. he now returns to the number two position in the state department. i am on to introduce, john j sullivan. [applause] thank you ambassador freeman. >> on behalf of the secretary, thank you for your dedicated efforts to establish this diplomatic mission and secure the strongest possible bond between israel and the united states. we are also grateful to you and your team for the close coordination and months of detailed planning to prepare for this important day of celebration. it is an honor to be part of president trump's official delegation for this momentum occasion. on a day that you have artie noted is so steeped in history. it is a privilege to stand before somebody distinguished
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guests, political and religious leaders of israel, and to welcome you all to the opening of the u.s. and fizzy -- embassy in jerusalem, israel. [applause] >> i also come with a message from secretary pompeo who since is best wishes. it meant a great deal to him that he was able to visit israel on his first trip overseas and he regrets that he is unable to be with us today in person. the secretary as we to convey on his behalf, the great pride that he feels, a pride that i share, on this historic day for our two countries. has president trump said in december, moving the u.s. embassy to jerusalem is first, a recognition of reality, a reality many years in the making.
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drew some is industry really the capital of the -- indisputably, a capital of israel. moving the usmc -- u.s. embassy is a step towards advancing peace in the city in a broader region and throughout the world. the streets of jerusalem, with as many temples, mosques, and churches, point to its place in history. in jerusalem, we can also see a glimmer of the future filled with hope. they hope for a greater understanding and peace. today, i am confident that the u.s. embassy in jerusalem will be in the words of president trump, a magnificent tribute to these. -- peace. that is what we are assembled here for today. as we do, we also recognize the deep and historic friendship that brought this mission into being.
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on this day, as several have noted, the united states recognized the state of israel. it is fitting that today, we mark a new milestone and a new day of bright hope and promise for the united states and israel. state department is proud to continue our close cooperation with the israeli government and people from our new embassy here in jerusalem. we are grateful of the prime minister netanyahu, and ministry of foreign affairs for their friendship and hard work to keep our alliance ironclad.
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thank you all for your tremendous support as we seek to the presidents pledge a reality. we are eager to make our bonds even trying her from this very place. the united states is committed to israel, committed to our alliance, and committed to building a more peaceful, prosperous future together. may god bless the u.s., israel alliance on this historic day and i thank you for letting me be a part of it. [applause] >> thank you mr. deputy secretary. president trump, you make a solid reality. he cannot be here today but did recorded message to honor us at the ceremony. please watch and listen. >> exactly 70 years ago, the united states, under president harry truman, you first nation to recognize the state of israel. today, we officially opened the united states embassy in jerusalem. congratulations. as been a long time coming. almost, immediately after declaring a state, israel designated the city of jerusalem as their capital. the capital of the jewish people
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establish an engine times. -- in ancient times. today, israel is the seat of the truce government. the israeli supreme court, israel's prime minister, and permanent -- president. israel is a nation with a right like any other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. yet, for many years, we fail to acknowledge the obvious. the plane reality that israel's capital is jerusalem. on december 6, 2016, the united states, officially recognize jerusalem is a true capital of israel. today, we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in a historic and sacred land of jerusalem and we are opening it many years ahead of schedule. as i've said in december, our greatest hope is for peace. the united states remains fully
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committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement and we continue to support the status quo is true some holy sites including, temple mount, also known as from all shary. this entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the jewish people. the divided states will always be a great friend of israel and a great partner in the cause of freedom and peace. we wish ambassador freeman good luck as he takes up his office and his beautiful jerusalem embassy and we extend a hand in friendship to israel, the palestinians, and to all of their neighbors. may there be peace.
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may god bless this embassy. may god bless all who serve their. may god bless the united states of america. thank you. [applause] [applause] >> it is now my great honor to call upon treasury secretary steven mnuchin and senior adviser ivanka trump. who respectively unveiled the seal of the united states embassy and to read the dedications.
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[indiscernible] [applause] >> on behalf of the 45th president of the united states of america, we welcome you officially, and for the first time, to the embassy of the united states here in jerusalem, the capital of israel. thank you. [applause]
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>> thank you mr. secretary. thank you, ivanka. in 1980, a jewish man of 19, was married to a jewish woman of 17 in ethiopia. that i, the married couple should all of their jewish heritage and set forth on foot through a lengthy trek through the desert until they reached sudan. there, they were led through and remote airfield and taken by israeli military aircraft to
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israel. having been rescued, they settled in the town on the gaza periphery and years later, they were kept safe from incoming rockets by the iron though, and is really missile-defense project financed by the united states. one of their daughters went on to become a successful singer and she is here with us today. to sing, hallelujah. the great word of praise, point by king david, the first jewish king of israel. [applause]
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>> ♪ i've heard there was a secret chord that david played and it pleased the lord but you don't really care for music, do you? well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift the baffled king composing hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
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language]n foreign hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
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but baby i've been here before i've seen this room and i've walked this floor you know, i used to live alone before i knew ya and i've seen your flag on the marble arch and love is not a victory march it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
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hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah ♪ [applause] >> thank you. that was beautiful.
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as a seventh generation few politicians have longer or stronger connections to the city than our next speaker. i would like to welcome his excellency. [applause] >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu and mrs. netanyahu, secretary of treasury, steven mnuchin, deputy secretary of state, john j sullivan, gerald kushner, ivanka trump.
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ambassador and mrs. friedman, jason greenblatt, senators, congressmen, members of the distinguished delegation coming from the united states, our chief rabbis, ministers and heads of the opposition, commissioners of the police, head of the masson, investor, distinguished us, within your gates of jerusalem, the capital of israel. [applause] jerusalem, whose faith we swore to keep. we who we have never forgotten and never will forget. for the thousand years, the jewish people have kept the faith in jerusalem.
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for 3000 years, we prayed for jerusalem. since the establishment of the state of israel, 70 years ago, jerusalem has been the capital of israel and the obvious should be said from time to tend -- time. jerusalem is the heart of israel. yes, president trump, true some is home to the president of israel. jerusalem is home to the government of israel.
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the parliament of israel. the supreme court of israel. the state of israel's commitment to jerusalem is not only a commitment to the history of the jewish people but is also a commitment to all residents in jerusalem. jerusalem is a microcosm, a microcosm of our abilities, jews and arabs living together. the unity of jerusalem is also seen as equal. jerusalem is also the embassy to israel of the united states of america. thank god. [applause]
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>> the american congress, has for many years now recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. i would like to thank the many members of the congress and senate, republicans and democrats, republicans and democrats alike for their love and support for israel. in every u.s. election, every presidential candidate has promised to move the american embassy to jerusalem. finally, we have a leader who promised this and also kept his promise. [applause]
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>> for this, we thank you. [applause] >> we give thanks that we have arrived at this place at this time. president trump, send the message for your father. the israeli people thank you for keeping your word. for your courage. clear determination. for your determination. we hope and expect that other
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nations will follow your path in your leadership. we will continue to say god save jerusalem as a city of peace. as a city that is home to all of those of faith. those who share together, one city, loved by everyone. thank you all and god bless all of you. thank you. [applause] >> thank you president rivlin. the state of israel has many advocates in the white house. but none have shown greater advocacy for, nor greater
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efforts to advance the special relationship to between israel and the united states in the peace than mynal good friend jared kushner. mr. kushner will now offer his thoughts on this historic moment. [applause] mr. kushner: thank you, ambassador friedman. today has really been spectacular. thank you very much. i am so proud to be here today in jerusalem. the internal heart of the jewish people.
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and i am especially honored to be here today as a representative of the 45th president of the united states, donald j. trump. i want to thank prime minister netanyahu for being with us today to celebrate this historic occasion. thank you very much. i would like to ask all of the members of congress who are here to be rise -- to rise and be recognized. thank you, secretary mnuchin. for your leadership and your friendship. and of course, ivanka, thank you
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for the great work you do to help so many people in our country and throughout the world. and including me. [applause] i also want to acknowledge vice president mike pence for his tireless efforts to strengthen the u.s. israel relationship. president trump announced to the world last year that the would finally recognize the truth. that jerusalem is the capital of israel. he also declare that we would soon move our embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. it five months later, we are standing on these grounds. while presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to
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move the american embassy once in office, this president delivered. when president trump makes a promise, he keeps it. but today also demonstrates american leadership. by moving our embassy to jerusalem, we have shown the world once again that the united states can be trusted. we stand with our friends, allies, and above all else, we have shown that the united states of america will do what is right. and so we have. israel is a sovereign nation with a right to determine its own capital. the same right enjoyed by every other country in the world. by taking this action, the u.s. has chosen to strengthen the bond between the two countries . of special bond is the envy nations throughout the world. this bond is forged through shared history, interests, and principles.
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the united states stands with israel because we both believe in freedom. we stand together because we both believe in human rights. we stand together because we believe democracy is worth defending. and the united states stands with israel because we believe, we know, it is the right thing to do. when we stand together for the principles and the values we share, we shine a light of justice on to the world. israel proves everyday day that the balance of power and freedom. this land is the only land in the middle east in which jews, muslims, christians, and people of all faiths participate and worship freely according to their beliefs. israel protects women's rights, freedom of speech, and the right
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of every individual to reach their god-given potential. these are the same values the united states cherishes. these are the values that bind us together. these of the values that have made israel one of the most vibrant nations in the world. this tiny population has spurred advancements in technology, medicine, and agriculture making the world a safer and more prosperous place. these are the lessons we hope israel can share with its neighbors. president trump technologist another truth and kept another promise. he announced his intention to exit the dangerous, flawed, and one-sided iran deal. [applause] iran's aggression threatens the
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many peaceloving citizens throughout the region and the entire world. from israel to jordan to egypt, saudi arabia, and beyond. many leaders are fighting to create better lives for their people. in confronting common threats and in pursuit of common interest, previously unimaginable opportunities are emerging. i am also proud to be here today as a member of the team that president trump has entrusted to bring peace between the israelis and the palestinians. it has been an honor to work with our new secretary of state, mike pompeo.
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national security adviser john bolton. our ambassador david friedman. and our special representative jason greenblatt that does a much. -- so much. i want to acknowledge ambassador nikki haley that has created a new day for the u.n.. on december 6, president trump was very clear that today's celebration do not reflect the departure. it overcomes the conflicts of the past. as we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem
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and not part of the solution. the united states has prepared to promote a peace agreement in every way that we can. so that all people can live in peace. able to pursue their dreams. the united states recognizes the sensitivity surrounding jerusalem, a city that means so much to so many. jerusalem is a city unique in the history of civilization. no other place on earth can claim significance to three major religions. each day, jews pray at the western wall, muslims bow, and christians worship at the church of the holy sepulcher. that is why president trump has called on all parties to maintain the status quo, including the temple mount also known as rommel sharif. while the challenges to peace
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are numerous, i have personally seen the determination of the leaders in the region and throughout the world remains steadfast. they have seen too much pain, h, sorrow, wasted opportunity and they think it is time to try something better. throughout history, jerusalem has been the victim of war and conquest. it has been used to divide people and used to instigate conflict but it does not have to be this way. jerusalem must remain a city that brings people of all faiths together to appreciate the majesty of history. israel has been a responsible custodian of jerusalem and has kept these sites open to all. fact, after the 1967 war, one of the first acts was to adopt the protection of holy places
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law, ensuring access to places of holy warship to members of all religion. funds were allocated to repair damage that suffered through war , conflict, and neglect. as israel turned 70, the search for lasting peace turns over a new lead, one of realism and not being afraid to stand strong with allies for what is good, right, and true. when there is peace in this region, we will look back upon this day and remember the journey to peace started with a strong america recognizing the truth. the pursuit of peace is the noblest pursuit of humankind. i believe peace is within reach
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if we dare to believe that the future can be different from the past. that we are not condemned to relive history. that the way things were are not how they must forever be. it will not be an easy road and it will be filled with difficult moments and tough decision. if we dream big, lead with courage, we can change the trajectory for millions from hopeless to boundless. [applause] >> this is a hope that many of us know personally. i am here today as a proud american and the grandson of holocaust survivors. during world war ii, my late grandparents fled their homes from the horrors of belarus. somehow, they managed to resist the horrors and survived. after the war, they built a new life in america. a beacon of hope and a land of limitless opportunity.
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in my office, i keep a photo of them on my desk to remind me of how high the stakes are when nations fail to recognize right from wrong and the decisive power america has to tip the scales in favor of the righteous. [applause] jared: today, we take another historic step in that direction. i am confident that as a result, our nations will be stronger, our peoples more prosperous, and our futures filled with even greater promise for peace. may god bless you, may god bless israel, may god bless the united states of america. [applause]
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>> jared just referred to his two grandparents who survived the holocaust. to the holocaust survivors that are here with us today and to those of us who are watching on television. we thought this day would never come. we can never relieve the nightmare of your past, but we do hope that today brings you some measure of comfort. [applause] >> it is now my great honor to call upon the prime minister of the state of israel, benjamin netanyahu. [applause]
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p.m. netanyahu: [speaking foreign language] secretary mnuchin. deputy secretary john sullivan. jason greenblatt. and your family. ambassador david friedman and your family.
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senators and members of congress, and the governor of florida -- we have no better friends in the world. you stand for israel and you stand for jerusalem. thank you. the chief rabbis of israel, the distinguished rabbis over here. the pastors, the ministers, the many friends who have come here from around the world. the many friends who have prayed for this day and have worked for this day. thank you all. and of course, i want to especially welcome jared kushner and ivanka trump. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: your presence here today is testament to the importance of this occasion. not only for the trump
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administration, but in a very personal way. for you. for you, each of you, for the pursuit of peace, and for president trump himself, thank you. dear friends. what a glorious day. remember this moment. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: this is history. president trump, by recognizing history, you have made history. all of us are deeply moved. all of us are deeply grateful. for me, being here brings back wonderful memories from my childhood.
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[speaking foreign language] p.m. netanyahu: so i know some of you did not follow every word i said in hebrew but i spent my first years of life in this neighborhood. not very far away. there were a few charming houses here. many open fields. i remember ambling in these fields with my brother. he was 6, i was 3. he held my hand very tight. we would walk through this house
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of a professor, the renowned jewish historian, was my father's teacher. i used to peer through the slats of the wooden synagogue where he used to pray on shabbat. and david and i would approach this place right here. but only so far. because my mother told me, you can't go any further. this was near the border. there was explosive sniper fire. that was then. this is now. today, the embassy of the most par for nation on earth, our greatest ally, the united states of america. today, this embassy opens here.
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[applause] p.m. netanyahu: what a difference. what a difference. this spot brings back personal memories. for our people, it provokes profound collective memories of the greatest moments we have known of this city on a hill. in jerusalem, abraham passed the greatest test of faith and the right to be the father of our nation. in jerusalem, king david established our capital 3000 years ago. in jerusalem, king solomon built our temple which stood for many centuries. in jerusalem, exiles from babylon rebuild the temple which stood for many more centuries.
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they rededicated that and restored jewish sovereignty in this land. and it was here 2000 years later that the soldiers of israel spoke three immortal words. the temple mount is in our hands. words that lifted the spirit of the entire nation. we are in jerusalem and we are here to stay. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: we are here in jerusalem, protected by the brave soldiers of the army of israel, led by our chief of staff. arebrave soldiers protecting the border of israel as we speak today. we salute them all. and the members of our security forces, they are with us today. we salute you all.
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all of you. we gather here today to celebrate another historic day in the life of this city. which i know will take its place along other momentous decisions in the history of our people. over a century ago, the buffer declination -- balfour declaration recognized the right of the jewish people to a national home in this land. and exactly seventy years ago, president truman became the first world leader to recognize the newborn jewish state. last december, president trump the first world leader to
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recognize jerusalem as our capital. and today, the united states of america is opening its embassy right here in jerusalem. thank you, president trump, for having the courage to keep your promises. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: thank you, president trump. and thank you all for making the alliance between america and israel stronger than ever. and a special thank you to you, ambassador friedman. thank you, david, for everything you do to bring our countries and our peoples closer together. today, you have a special privilege. you are privileged to become the first american ambassador to serve your country in jerusalem.
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this is a distinct honor that will be yours forever. nobody can be first again. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: thank you, david. my friends, this is a great day for israel. it is a great day for america. it is a great day for fantastic partnerships. but, i believe it is also a great day for peace. i want to think jared, jason, and david for your tireless efforts to advance this and tireless efforts to advance the truth.
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the truth and peace are interconnected. a peace built on lies will crash on the rocks of middle eastern realities. you can only build peace on truth. the truth is that jerusalem has been and will always be the capital of the jewish people. the capital of the jewish state. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: truth, peace, and justice. this is what we have. this is what we believe in. the prophet zechariah declared 2500 years ago. [speaking foreign language] so said the lord, i will return to zion and i will dwell in the midst of jerusalem. jerusalem shall be called the city of truth.
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may the opening of this embassy spread the truth far and wide. and may the truth advance a lasting peace between israel and all our neighbors. god bless the united states of america, and god bless jerusalem, the eternal undivided capital of israel. [speaking foreign language] thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, mr. prime minister, for those stirring words.
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to now offer a closing benediction, i would like to call upon the pastor and senior founder of the cornerstone baptist church in san antonio, texas. pastor. can we stand? our most gracious heavenly father, god of abraham, isaac, and jacob. the god who calls the stars my -- stars by name and majors space with the span of his hand. the god who is the king of the universe. we gather here to thank you for the joy of living and seeing this glorious and historic day. we thank you for the state of
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, the lone torch of freedom in the middle east, who lives and prospers because of your everlasting love for the jewish people. it was you, oh lord, who gathered the exiles from the nations and brought them home again. it was you who made statehood possible. it was you that gave a miraculous victory in 1967 when jerusalem was reopened to worshipers of all faiths. jerusalem is the city of god. jerusalem is the heartbeat of israel. jerusalem is where abraham placed his son on the altar of the temple mount and became the father of many nations. jerusalem is where jeremiah and isaiah penned principles of righteousness the became the moral foundations of western
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civilization. jerusalem is where messiah will come and establish a kingdom that will never end. we thank you lord for president donald trump's courage in acknowledgingin to the world a truth established 3000 years ago that jerusalem is and always shall be the eternal capital of the jewish people. because of that courage of our president, we gather here today to consecrate the ground upon which the united states embassy will stand. reminding the dictators of the world that america and israel are forever united. we thank you for our ambassador david friedman and pray your anointing upon him as he opens the doors of the u.s. embassy to receive the nations of the world. let the word go forth from jerusalem today that israel lives.
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shout it from the house tops that israel lives. let every islamic terrorist here this message. israel lives! let it be heard in the halls of the united nations, israel lives! let it echo down the halls of the presidential palace in iran. israel lives! let it be known to all men that israel lives, because he that keepeth israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. as king david prayed 3000 years ago, we pray for the peace of jerusalem and all of its inhabitants. let the name of the lord be glorified today. for the defender of israel, today, tomorrow, and forever, is here. can we all shout hallelujah? crowd: hallelujah! >> amen. [applause]
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>> once again, i would like to call upon our singer to sing "peace will yet come to us all." ♪
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>> may pc yet come to all of us, here and throughout the world. atthe vice president said knesset in january, echoed by the president today and by prime minister netanyahu -- [speaking foreign language] -- we are also grateful for this special day. this concludes our ceremony. i would like to think of all of you so much for your support. please come visit again soon. thank you very much. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, this concludes our dedication ceremony.
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please make your way to the exit where buses are waiting to take you back to the parking lot. once you're outside, you will be able to take pictures of the new seal and plaque at the embassy near the buses. thank you and good evening.
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