WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has been a “long time coming.”
Trump gave a video address that aired at the opening of the new embassy Monday. He announced late last year that he would fulfill his campaign promise to move the embassy.
Trump said that the U.S. had “failed to acknowledge the obvious” for many years, adding that “today, we follow through on this recognition.”
Trump added that the new embassy was opening “many, many years ahead of schedule.”
The embassy move has enraged the Palestinians. Trump said he remained committed to “facilitating a lasting peace agreement.”
Trump stressed a close bond with Israel. He also said he was “extending a hand of friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors.”