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Israel's Netanyahu lauds U.S. announcement of embassy move to Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hailed the U.S. announcement that it would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May as “a great day for the people of Israel”.

“President Trump’s decision to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem on the coming Independence Day follows his historic declaration in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” a statement issued by the Israeli Embassy in Washington in Hebrew said.

“This decision will turn Israel’s 70th Independence Day into an even bigger celebration. Thank you President Trump for your leadership and friendship,” it added.

Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Alison Williams