UPDATED 1:42 PM PT — Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
It has officially been one-year anniversary since the U.S. began recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“My administration will always stand with our cherished friend and partner in the state of Israel.” — President Donald Trump
The move was contested around the world, but President Trump stuck to his campaign promise of recognizing Jerusalem as the true capitol of the Jewish people on December 6, 2017.
At a Hanukah celebration in at the White House Thursday, the president reaffirmed the U.S.’s commitment to Israel and promised to stand with them against Iran.
“We must never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon or a nuclear bomb — we cannot let the world’s leading sponsor of terror, a regime that chants death to America and threatens Israel all of the time with annihilation and constantly screams out death to Israel, to possess the deadliest weapon on earth,” urged the president. “We will not allow that to happen — exactly one year ago today at my direction the United States recognized the true capital of Israel and quickly moved.”
Meanwhile in Jerusalem, the U.S. ambassador to Israel –David Friedman — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated the fifth-day of Hannukah as well as the one-year anniversary of the historic decision.
“President Trump did a great thing, a historic thing, because he recognized history, he recognized truth — the fact that Jerusalem has been our capitol, the capitol of the Jewish people, for 3,000 years,” stated Netanyahu.
Friedman and Netanyahu celebrated at the Western Wall, which is considered to be the holiest place where Jews can pray. However, it’s in an area the international community does not recognize as being a part of Israeli territory.
The Trump administration said the Western Wall coming under Israeli sovereignty will have to be a part of any peace deal with Palestine.