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journal live at 7:00 eastern monday morning. join the discussion. announcer: president trump announced a major shift in u.s. policy towards israel today, tweeting it is time for the united states to fully recognize israel's sovereignty. pompeo,y of state mike who is two days into a four-day trip through the middle east, visited the new u.s. embassy in jerusalem. and a number of historic sites in jerusalem early thursday. shortly after the announcement, secretary pompeo visited the western wall. an ap report notes until today, u.s. officials refrained from visiting the western wall to avoid the appearance of recognizing israeli sovereignty over the city's most sensitive holy site. later, the secretary took part in a joint news conference with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu.
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susan, pompeo, friedman., david i am so excited. we are so excited to have you here, especially on this evening. purim. the even of has just madep history. i called him.
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i thanked him on behalf of the people of israel. he did it again. jerusalemrecognized as israel's capital and moved the u.s. embassy here. then he pulled out of the disastrous iran treaty and reimposed sanctions. but now he did something of equal historic importance. he recognizes israel's sovereignty over the golan heights. he did so at a time when iran is trying to use syria as a platform to attack and destroy israel. and the message that president trump has given the world is that america stands by israel. we are celebrating purim when 2500 years ago, other persians tried to destroy the jewish people. they failed then. and today 2500 years later,
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amani persians led by are trying to destroy jewish people in the jewish state. they are going to fail again. we are deeply grateful for the u.s. support. we are deeply grateful for the unbelievable and unmatchable support for our security and our right to defend ourselves. and everything that you do on behalf of israel and for the state of israel in so many forms. so, it is a distinct pleasure to welcome you and susan to our home at any time, but especially today. let me add another word about that. we have a moving visit today to the wall. this,ot resist repeating but i am going to. i said to the secretary that the pompeome -- last time visited jerusalem it did not and that well. -- end that well.
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but this is a different time. rome and jerusalem clashed over values with a great tragedy for the jewish people. but the united states views itself as a new jerusalem. we visited the original city on the hill. we visited the hill. there is no greater friendship than the one between israel and the united states. and no one represents it better than secretary of state, mike pompeo. you and a method are friedman and your delicate -- you and ambassador friedman and york delegation are exceptional champions of our lives. i have called you so many times on so many things that this evening i just want to say one word. two, actually. thank you. thank you mike pompeo. thank you president trump. and thank you america. to the people of israel, i say
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-- language]foreign >> i will be very brief tonight. it has been a great visit. we had a chance to visit some of the holy sites today. as a person of faith, it is
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always inspiring to trek through the winding streets of the old city. we had a chance to visit the church. and the incredible privilege to visit the western wall with the prime minister of israel as the american secretary of state. important,y moving, and indicative of the remarkable relationship between our two countries. as a cadet, i studied the battles of the golan. there is a famous battle called the battle of the valley of tears. it was israeli heroism at its most amazing, saving this great nation at a time of a norma's challenge, a threat that came from east of syria. a tank battle of epic and historic potions of amazing israeli bravery. tonight, president trump made the decision to recognize that that hard-fought real estate is
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proper to be a sovereign part of the state of israel. president trump made a bold decision to recognize that, an important decision for the people of israel. it will truly be historic. the battles they fought in the lives lost on that very ground were worthy and meaningful and important for all time. we have had the chance on this visit to talk about a lot of things. there are many threats to israel and the u.s. that we will work on together in the days and weeks and months ahead. i will travel to lebanon tomorrow to talk about the threat has below faces -- hezbo lah -- we will double our efforts to make sure we protect all that is important to israel, america, and the world. thank you, mr. prime minister. >> thank you, america. thank you.
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