US President Donald Trump will record a message that will be played at the opening ceremony of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. A US official promised that a large Congressional delegation would attend the ceremony and stressed that Israel should not have to pay for the US decision regarding the move.
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US President Donald Trump will record a congratulatory message that will be played during the opening ceremony of the American embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, a US source said on Friday.
Speaking to reporters, the top official said that a large delegation from Congress will attend the ceremony and added that the administration was glad to be able to open the embassy on a relatively small budget at the president’s request.
Referring to the controversy surrounding the opening of the embassy at its new location, the official stated that it was the US’s decision and that it is the US’s interest to move the embassy to Jerusalem, therefore Israel should not have to pay any price.
Just a few days before the historic opening of the beautiful United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. So excited for the ceremony and proud of all the Embassy staff who worked so hard to make this event happen. Eternally grateful to President Trump for his courage and vision. pic.twitter.com/pGVENzJlBt
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) May 11, 2018
The official also addressed Bahrain’s show of support towards Israel earlier this week and said it was important to see an Arab state shows such support for Israel’s right to defend itself against countries such as Iran.
Earlier this week, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Hadashot’s “Meet the Press” that the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem will come at a price that is “worth paying.”