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December 6, 2017 3:41 pm

Israeli Leaders Hail US President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Jewish State’s Capital

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem, Dec. 6, 2017. Reuters / Ronen Zvulun.

Top Israeli officials reacted with across-the-board praise on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital.

“This is a historic day,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. It’s been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years. It was here that our temples stood, our kings ruled, our prophets preached.”

“Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia,” he continued. “From every corner of the earth, our people yearned to return to Jerusalem, to touch its golden stones, to walk its hallowed streets. So it’s rare to be able to speak of new and genuine milestones in the glorious history of this city.”

“Yet today’s pronouncement by President Trump is such an occasion,” the prime minister noted. “We’re profoundly grateful for the president for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the US embassy here. This decision reflects the president’s commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace.”

“The president’s decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu added. “I call on all countries that seek peace to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move their embassies here.”

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin stated, “There is no more fitting or beautiful gift, as we approach 70 years of the State of Israel’s independence.”

“The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the relocation of all embassies to the city, is a landmark in the recognition of the right of the Jewish people to our land, and a milestone on our road to peace — peace for all the residents of Jerusalem, and the whole region,” Rivlin went on to say.

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer tweeted, “Thank you @POTUS Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and taking an honored place alongside President Truman, who recognized the State of Israel 70 years ago.”

Israel’s UN envoy, Danny Danon, stated, “We welcome this courageous decision by President Trump.  In 1948, President Truman was the first world leader to recognize the State of Israel and today President Trump righted an historic wrong by recognizing Jerusalem as our capital.”

“Now is the time for all UN member-states to follow the lead of our American friends and recognize our ancient capital of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” Danon concluded.

Avi Gabbay — the head of Israel’s Labor Party — said, “Jerusalem has been a symbol of the Jewish people for thousands of years. After 70 years of existence of the State of Israel, I’m happy that our important friend, the US, also recognizes Jerusalem as our capital.”

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid tweeted, “Thank you President Trump. Jerusalem always was and will remain our capital. We look forward to welcoming the US Embassy to Jerusalem.”

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said Trump’s announcement “sends a clear message to the entire world that the US stands with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jerusalem.”

Ex-Israeli Ambassador to the US and current Kulanu MK Michael Oren — who serves as a deputy minister in Netanyahu’s office — told a conference call organized by The Israel Project — said Trump’s move “establishes crucial markers.”

“It corrects the great aberration of not recognizing a sovereign country’s capital and what has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years,” Oren explained.

Oren also lauded Trump for having “established his credibility as a negotiator and strengthened his hand in talks to come.”

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