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Netanyahu Joyfully Welcomes US Embassy in Jerusalem

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15 May 2018 (All day)
Netanyahu Joyfully Welcomes US Embassy in Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke joyfully Monday afternoon at the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, saying "What a glorious day. Remember this moment! President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history. All of us are deeply moved. All of us are deeply grateful… Thank you President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises!" During his own video address to the event, President Trump said "the US will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace. We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve here and may God bless the United States of America."

Several other senior US and Israeli officials also spoke at the event, which also featured benedictions by Christian and Jewish spiritual leaders.

Here is a video of the full ceremony

Here is another video posted by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion

Elections in Iraq Result in Surprise Victory for Sadr
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Israel Blesses the World
Tel Aviv University announced this week that it is forming an alliance with the Indian philanthropic organization Tata Trusts to launch a new Indian Centre for Agri and Allied Tech (I-CAT). The initiative will allow farmers in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to take advantage of Israeli experience and technology to vastly increase their crop yields, improve nutrition and create economic opportunities for the regions residents. There are plans to expand the program to other parts of India in the future.

Arab-Israeli MKs Participate in Jerusalem Protests
A small but vocal group of protesters came to Jerusalem on Monday to voice their opposition to the opening of the US Embassy in the city. The crowd, which included Arab members of the Israeli Knesset, “chanted Allah Akbar” and engaged in heated arguments with police officers, according to a police statement. Additionally, protesters held signs written in Hebrew, Arabic, and English saying “al-Quds is the capital of Palestine,” and “al-Quds is Arab – Muslim and Christian.”
The rest of Jerusalem was relatively quiet on Monday, with small demonstrations also reported in various locations throughout the West Bank.

Today’s video gives a musical tour of the Holy Land


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