February 23, 2018 / 7:59 PM / 2 years ago

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

FILE PHOTO - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during an event organised by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations in Jerusalem, February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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 recognize 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

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