‘The American people in that region are secure…’
(Daily Mail) Donald Trump said it would be ‘a great day for Israel’ on Monday as the U.S. embassy prepared to open in Israel.
‘We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors,’ Trump said in a video address.
Neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence were there see the realization of their campaign promise that they would relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Pence is headlining a celebratory event at the Israeli embassy in Washington, instead.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, both White House advisers, were part of a delegation of senior officials that included Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin that made the trip.
The group arrived Sunday evening in Jerusalem to mass protests over the U.S. foreign policy shift.
At least 25 Palestinians have been killed in clashes and hundreds have been injured in the demonstrations that have drawn an estimated 35,000 people.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not make the trip, either, but said Sunday in an interview that aired on Fox News that ‘the American people in that region are secure’ and ‘we are comfortable we’ve taken action that reduces that risk.’
Upon the arrival of the U.S. delegation on Sunday, the president’s daughter and son-in-law, both Jewish, received a blessing from Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.
‘Great to join the friends of Zion for an amazing evening commemorating the dedication of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel,’ Ivanka wrote in a tweet after landing.
The embassy opening coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel…Original Source…