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Trump effect? Netanyahu says other countries will ‘declare similar recognition’“President Trump has inscribed himself in the annals of our capital for all time,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed Thursday morning. Netanyahu added that Israel is “in contacts with other countries that will declare similar recognition.”
Watch: Netanyahu's video message
Israeli Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his appreciation for US President Donald Trump on Thursday morning and stated that he hopes that other countries will follow the American leader’s path after his historic announcement.
“I want to take this opportunity to announce that we are already in contacts with other countries that will declare similar recognition and I have no doubt that the moment the American embassy moves to Jerusalem, and even before, many more,” he stated during an Israeli Foreign Ministry event.
“We were all moved to hear President Trump's historic statement, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and this statement is – of course – based on ancient right,” Netanyahu added. “The Jewish People determined Jerusalem to be its capital 3,000 years ago. Here our forefathers walked. Here our kings ruled. Here our prophets preached. Here are our roots.”
“President Trump has inscribed himself in the annals of our capital for all time,” he continued. “His name will now be linked to the names of others in the context of the glorious history of Jerusalem and our people. I would like to thank him and the American Congress which, 22 years ago, provided a basis for the recognition until President Trump came and implemented this law.”
Moments after Trump’s historic announcement last night, Netanyahu praised him in a video message. “We’re profoundly grateful to 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,” he said.
“I call on all countries that seek peace to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move their embassy embassies here,” Netanyahu added. “I share President Trump’s commitment to advancing peace between Israel and all of our neighbors, including the Palestinians…and we will continue to work with the President and his team to make that dream of peace come true.”
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