PM kicks off Jerusalem Day at Bible Land Museum in Jerusalem; Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold ceremony welcoming US delegation; US Embassy to open in Jerusalem tomorrow afternoon; Netanyahu: Israel blessed with a truly historical event…
Prime Minister Netanyahu marked Jerusalem Day at the Bible Land Museum Sunday morning, giving a short speech highlighting tomorrow’s historic relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital city.
The prime minister held his weekly cabinet meeting and participated in a ceremony commemorating Jerusalem’s 51 years of independence ahead of a reception this evening to be hosted by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the US delegation arriving today. Several members of Congress, Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are to attend.
Directly on the embassy relocation, Netanyahu stated Sunday morning “This week we will be blessed with a truly historical event and this is the decision of the greatest major power in the world, our friend the United States, to move its embassy here. President Trump promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel- and did so. He promised to move the American embassy – and is doing so…”
He then spoke of Jerusalem’s Biblical history, stating “It is not for nothing that we are marking Jerusalem Day today at the Bible Lands Museum. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible approximately 650 times. The reason is simple: For over 3,000 years it has been the capital of our people, and only of our people. We dreamed of returning to rebuild it, the city that is joined together; this is exactly what we are doing today. We will make a series of decisions to build up and develop Jerusalem, east and west, north and south, in all directions, to both reveal its past and build its future. I know that there will be difficulties along the way; there have been difficulties for the past 70 years. We have met them since 1949 and up to recent years. We will also meet them in the future.”
He ended quoting Joel 3:20, stating “Jerusalem above and Jerusalem below, we are bound to this city. It is part of our soul, part of our experience, on both our material and spiritual sides…. We are honoring the words of the prophet, ’But Judah shall be inhabited forever and Jerusalem from generation to generation’.”
President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday stating, “Big week next week when the American Embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem. Congratulations to all!”
Out of the 84 foreign ambassadors invited to tomorrow’ ceremony, only 30 accepted. Majority of European states are expected to boycott the ceremony.
The IDF, Israeli security forces and police are prepared to deal with protests and riots to the embassy move from Palestinian and Arab Israelis. On Tuesday, Palestinians will mark Nakba Day, or the “Day of Catastrophe”. A spokesman for the IDF reported on Sunday morning “This coming week, Hamas plans on using escalated riots and demonstrations in order to commit terror activities, but the IDF is prepared to combat this and keep the citizens of Israel safe. The IDF is prepared for what Hamas is planning, the different hostile events on the 14th and 15th, this coming week. We will have three infantry brigades deployed, two in Gaza and one in Judea and Samaria [West Bank].”
Amir will give a special update on the US Embassy move to Jerusalem. He will address the historic embassy move, US-Israel relations, Nakba Day and the Palestinians rage and regional developments in light of the Bible. Tune in on Monday at 9:00 pm Israel time.
Photo: Jerusalem, Wikimedia Commons, 2018.