Special White House envoy Jason Greenblatt lauded the administration’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to yerushalayim, saying that the historic move was a “necessary condition” for achieving peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Greenblatt, who joined the 250-member US delegation to Israel for the unveiling of the new US embassy in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem on Monday, released a statement in a series of tweets Monday morning just hours before the grand opening of the embassy.
“As the President stated in December, recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is simply a recognition of reality. Israel is a sovereign nation, and like every other sovereign nation, it has the right to determine its own capital. Notwithstanding the best of intentions, a bipartisan Act of Congress, and campaign promises, for 70 years we neglected to extend this basic courtesy to Israel that we extend to other countries.”
“It is time to change that and show that America will always stand with Israel. Taking the long-overdue step of moving our Embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal. Rather, it is a necessary condition for it.”
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