Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video to Facebook crowning US President Donald Trump’s speech as one of the greatest moments in the history of the Zionist movement. “I told him: My friend, Mr. President, you’re going to make history,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu praises Trump's speech

Netanyahu praises Trump’s speech Photo Credit: GPO/Channel 2 News

In the wake of massive riots throughout the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video this evening (Thursday) applauding US President Donald Trump’s decision.

“There are great moments in Zionist history: the Balfour Declaration, the state’s establishment, the liberation of Jerusalem and yesterday – Trump’s declaration,” Netanyahu stated. “I told him: My friend, Mr. President, you’re going to make history. And yesterday, he made history.”

“This is an uplifting and unifying moment for the right-wing, the left-wing, religious and secular. We lift Jerusalem to the height of our joy,” Netanyahu added without mentioning Israel’s Arab minority. Furthermore, over the past few weeks prior to yesterday’s speech, Netanyahu spoke twice with Trump along with the conversation that was published within international media. During the two conversations with Trump, Netanyahu emphasized the historical importance of a statement of this kind, making clear that despite the recognition of the holy city as the capital of Israel, the state will maintain the status quo within Jerusalem.

As reported earlier today by JOL, the Jerusalem police department clarified that it is committed to protecting the normal routines of the city’s residents but stressed that “if someone tries us, we will respond with a firm hand.” Officers explained that it appears that the Palestinians understand that US President Donald Trump’s announcement was an American move that will not affect the Temple Mount. The officers added that because the Palestinians have realized that this is a national issue, not a religious one, the situation is relatively calm.