“This is a great moment for the State of Israel,” Netanyahu declared following the announcement that the US embassy will move to Jerusalem in May, coinciding with the 70th Independence Day celebrations.

Following the US announcement on Friday that its embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem this coming May, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement thanking the US president for his friendship and leadership.

During his historic address to the Knesset in January, Vice President Mike Pence said the embassy would open by the end of 2019. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who signed off on the security plan for the new embassy on Thursday, had said it would take years.

The embassy move will coincide with festive celebrations in honor of the 70th anniversary Independence Day celebrations.

“This is a great moment for the State of Israel,” Netanyahu stated.

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