Netanyahu gets a standing ovation in declaring the opening of the American embassy in Israel’s capital.
“What a difference, what a difference,” he muses, upon launching into an overview of Jerusalem’s embattled history. “We are in Jerusalem and we are here to stay,” he adds.
“We gather here today on another historic day in the life of this city, which I know will take its place alongside other momentous decisions in the history of our people,” says Netanyahu.
“Thank you President Trump for having the courage to keep your promises,” says the prime minister, to strong applause.
This is “a great day for Israel, it’s a great day for America,” says Netanyahu, “but I believe it’s also a great day for peace.”
“You can only build peace on truth. And the truth is that Jerusalem has been, and always will be, the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state.”
He also notes Israeli troops who are serving on the volatile Gaza border.
“Our brave soldiers are protecting the borders of Israel as we speak today,” says Netanyahu, saluting Israel’s security forces and the Mossad.