The new American embassy in Jerusalem is open for business. The embassy was officially opened yesterday. In a video statement played at the ceremony, President Trump said the opening makes a strong statement that Jerusalem is the historic capital of Israel. He argued that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is long overdue. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said it is a proud moment for the U.S. and Israel. He also called it is an important moment for the advancement of peace.
President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December and announced plans to start moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel applauded Trump's moves but some other U.S. allies strongly argued against it. They warned that it could further destabilize the volatile Middle East. More than 50 U.S. diplomats will staff the Jerusalem embassy and the operation is expected to grow in coming months.