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Full Video and Transcript: Trump’s Speech Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, “The Recognition of Reality”

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Today, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel finally moving forward Jerusalem embassy act of 1995. This is a truly historic day. President Trump’s speech today is one for the ages. He is now a historical figure of monumental proportion.

Mr. Trump made the formal announcement during a speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, with Vice President Mike Pence standing behind him.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP:

Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking.

We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. All challenges demand new approaches.

My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act urging the federal government to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city, and so importantly, is Israel’s capital. This act passed congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. And was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.

Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time. Nevertheless, the record is in.

After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.

Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver.

Today, I am delivering. I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process. And to work towards a lasting agreement.

Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this is a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace. It was 70 years ago that the United States under President Truman recognized the state of Israel.

Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.

Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It is the location of the official residence of the prime minister and the president. It is the headquarters of many government ministries.

For decades, visiting American presidents, secretaries of State and military leaders have met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem, as I did on my trip to Israel earlier this year.

Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world. Over the past seven decades, the Israeli people have by the a country where Jews, Muslims and Christians and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience and according to their beliefs.

Jerusalem is today and must remain a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the stations of the cross, and where Muslims worship at Al Aqsa Mosque. However, through all of these years, presidents representing the United States have declined to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In fact, we have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital at all.

But today we finally acknowledge the obvious. That Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.

That is why consistent with the Jerusalem embassy act, I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will immediately begin the process of hiring architects, engineers and planners so that a new embassy, when completed, will be a magnificent tribute to peace.

In making these announcements, I also want to make one point very clear. This decision is not intended in any way to reflect a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement.

We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians. We are not taking a position of any final status issues including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.

The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides. I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement.

Without question, Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks. The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides. In the meantime, I call on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites including the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif. Above all, our greatest hope is for peace. The universal yearning in every human soul.

With today’s action, I reaffirm my administration’s longstanding commitment to a future of peace and security for the region. There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement. But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and a place far greater in understanding and cooperation. This sacred city should call forth the best in humanity.

Lifting our sights to what is possible, not pulling us back and down to the old fights that have become so totally predictable.

Peace is never beyond the grasp of those willing to reach it.

So today we call for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate. Our children should inherit our love, not our conflicts. I repeat the message I delivered at the historic and extraordinary summit in Saudi Arabia earlier this year: The Middle East is a region rich with culture, spirit, and history. Its people are brilliant, proud and diverse. Vibrant and strong.

But the incredible future awaiting this region is held at bay by bloodshed, ignorance and terror.

Vice President Pence will travel to the region in the coming days to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism that threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations.

It is time for the many who desire peace to expel the extremists from their midsts. It is time for all civilized nations and people to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate, not violence. And it is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.

So today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect. Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities.

And finally, I ask the leaders of the region political and religious, Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Christian and Muslim to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace.

Thank you. God bless you. God bless Israel. God bless the Palestinians and God bless the United States.

Thank you very much. Thank you.

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  • Midnattsol

    I am glad he went through with this.

    • barskii

      About time

  • Voytek Gagalka

    YES!!! (At last.)

  • Suresh

    Trump is not easily fooled unlike all the previous Presidents , bureaucrats , policy “wonk” nutjobs.

    Recently Trump got conned by Al-taqiya from Abbas but once he learnt the truth, boy was he furious as hell http://bit.ly/2rOmfyJ

    He does not mince words unlike previous spineless Presidents. Besides America no longer depends on oil imports …so they have limited way to hit back.

    But jihadis within America may rack up more jihadi attacks.

    • Chet

      Agree wit h all save the bit about oil imports. Unless and until OPEC Ministers select intentions and acts to cut back on oil production no longer effect our prices at the pump, America is in no wise altogether independent of foreign influence regarding our energy needs. Once we start drilling in Anwar, things will change for sure and quickly…

    • Pray Hard

      Then, we’ll kill them.

      • Craig

        Carry always.

  • mezcukor

    Thank you President Trump. You are a man of your word. I never doubted you would do it. I hope now the Israelis can build the third temple on the mound and shipped the mosque to wherever they want it.perhaps to Saudi Arabia?

    • satcatchet

      Hades is where all mosques belong.

  • Michael Buley

    “Today, I am delivering.”

    We have a President who promises, and who delivers.

    Let us pray for the safety of President Trump and his family, and his continued divine guidance. We are in times unlike we’ve ever known.

    • Chet

      1000 thumbs up!

  • And at the same time, the Demons’ plot to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump was rejected by the House! That’s timing! Two occasions to celebrate!

  • James Stamulis

    But i thought Trump was a KKK or White Supremacist? No he is a man of the people who follows through with campaign promises unlike virtually all the previous ones since Reagan. Trump leads by example which is the right way to lead and God bless him and his beautiful family.

  • carl

    Trump makes me proud to be an American. Pamela Geller is the best journalist there is. No one comes close.

  • freepetta

    Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!!
    It’s been a long time coming!!

  • garry pollack

    I wudn’t be surprised if the UN threw out both the US & Israel…nah, then they wud have no $ & no mission!

    • satcatchet

      That ain’t gunna happen, rest assured.

    • mezcukor

      I would love them to do that. We do not need them

    • Pray Hard

      The UN? Seriously? They’d instantly be broke. F*ck the UN.

  • satcatchet

    The President’s move will now allow the American Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem thus guaranteeing Isreal’s safety and security.

  • joanofark06

    I agree wholeheartedly with this, but doesn’t anyone think that this is going to start a war? I’m a little concerned.

    • Pray Hard

      Moslems will never change. The war is already there. Oh, well.

      • Michael Buley

        Yes, they are always and ever at war with the entire world. This changes nothing, except that with the lines more clearly drawn, and the Muslims ‘outraged,’ perhaps we can get on with declaring war on THEM.

    • michaelofsydney

      Start a war!? Been going on a while I thought

  • Pray Hard

    Sounds good. Moslems are shooting blood from their bodily orifices.

  • Jpp

    I’m impressed, i want to be an american, great president

  • Daizys Loyd

    Was there EVER any doubt?!?!?! Now we need to start a Movement to allow The Christians and Jews to Openly and Freely Worship at Qu’abba. It’s only fair but of course the Satanists are not going to allow that. Qu’abba is for the Muz as Jerusalem should be accessed only by the Jews, Christians and NO ONE ELSE!! in Jesus Name. Amen.

  • Patrick

    This is why we voted for Trump, an outsider, not a politician full of guile! I must say with all of the great things he has done this one really proves once and for all that his heart is in the right place. God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is pleased and no matter the blow-back from the world, America will be blessed.

    • Michael Buley

      Amen, Patrick.

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  • Lysy

    You don’t have to even like Israel or Jews to admit that Jerusalem has been a capital of the Jews for over 3000 years, time to say it officially!

  • Mahou Shoujo

    “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians”. Precisely, no more ass killing to palestinians, there is no gain to even listen to them, all palestinians do is repeat there same hate from the qur’an about murdering every Jew. Enough is enough, time to get rid of the nuisance and liability that is anything palestinian.

    • Michael Buley

      There is no ‘appeasing’ Islam. The only appeasement they are interested in, is conversion or the murder of all non-practicers of their evil ideology. Finally, a President who stands clearly against them.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        President Trump is a leader, other world leaders will see his wisdom and follow him.

  • Christian Gains

    This is a MAJOR EARTH SHIFT in Ysra’el…Yahwey is smiling, and, in spite of the anger & hatred & FEAR, the people of Ysra’el now have their Capital recognized by America! OF COURSE, this is NOT the END of ANY road, but simply a grand leap towards it! I am GLAD & I’m CERTAIN the the Father is too!!!

  • spfoam1

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcZAwoip5aY

  • Lia

    Mr Trump reminds me of Neh 2: 10 and the Arabs of Neh.4: 7-9..

  • G-d Bless President Trump

    G-d Bless Trump and his family! A brave and intelligent man.

    Bravo to Trump!

  • Bravo President Trump

    Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East today.

    The capital of Israel is Jerusalem.

    Bravo President Trump!

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