Seventy years ago, David Ben-Gurion founded the modern state of Israel, fulfilling a promise established in the very first book of the Bible.
Today, the United States followed through on a promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, which President Donald Trump declared the true capital of Israel.
Though protesters clashed along the Gaza strip, faith and political leaders around the globe praised Trump and the embassy opening as a move that honored both God and American allies.
Here's what they're saying:
The miracle of Israel is an inspiration to the world. And the United States of America is proud to stand with Israel and her people, as allies and cherished friends. pic.twitter.com/hsPHWY6ggN— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 14, 2018
"I'm going to take some time to thank God for His thankfulness to Israel for 4,000 years" - @robertjeffress outlines his prayer for today's opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/RiND6BNZrj— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) May 14, 2018
"On December 6th, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem." #USEmbassyJerusalem pic.twitter.com/lne5FB7sB8— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 14, 2018
Ambassador David Friedman speaks to open the ceremony at the Embassy. 70 years to the minute, the Jewish people officially came home after 2000 yrs in exile and from time King David made Jerusalem Capitol of Jewish State. pic.twitter.com/X6xMU4Kmso— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 14, 2018
It's midnight in Jerusalem and after several days in Galilee, back in capitol for opening of US Embassy on 70th anniversary of Israel coming home to land God gave them 4000 yrs ago. @realDonaldTrump did what GOP and Dems said they wanted. Celebrate it! https://t.co/uPbN5c43Js— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 13, 2018
Israel will always have a special place in my heart, my parents are even buried there.— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) May 14, 2018
I am so grateful President Trump has delivered on what past President's did not. God Bless Israel & God Bless the United States of America.
Israel saved my life. I witnessed Israel's beacon of light firsthand as the IDF soldiers rescued me from radical Islamic terrorists.— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) May 14, 2018
I am so proud and excited about the United States opening up our #EmbassyofFreedom in Jerusalem where it belongs.
President Clinton Promised.— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) May 14, 2018
President Bush Promised.
President Obama Promised.
President Trump Delivered.
The US Embassy is FINALLY where it belongs - in Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel.
God Bless Israel, and God Bless President Trump.
I am honored to join the delegation representing @POTUS, his Admin & the American people at this momentous ceremony commemorating the opening of our new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. We will pray for the boundless potential of the US-Israel alliance & we will pray for peace. pic.twitter.com/ulYbJAfTcL— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 12, 2018
David Jeremiah, pastor, Bible teacher, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated TV and radio host:
America is always stronger when she stands with her allies, a principle made all the more true when that nation is Israel, the Middle East's only true democracy and a beacon of freedom, prosperity, faith and the rule of law throughout the region and the world. For decades, president after president has promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and so, I want to commend this administration for finally and officially being the one to do it, following through on what is nothing less than a truly historic and courageous decision. We pray first for peace today and in the weeks ahead. We also pray that today would ultimately mark a new era of peace and diplomatic possibility in the region. And finally, we celebrate with the Jewish people as America recognizes, once and for all, Jerusalem's rightful seat as Israel's eternal capital city.
LOVE THIS from @netanyahu "What a glorious day! Remember this moment - this is history. We have no better friend in the world, you stand for Israel and you stand for Jerusalem" speaking at the opening of our US Embassy in Jerusalem— Ronnie Floyd (@ronniefloyd) May 14, 2018
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