Today, what was once a consular annex in Jerusalem becomes the interim U.S. embassy to Israel after President Trump scrapped plans to build a new $2 billion compound to replace the old embassy in Tel Aviv.
Senior WH advisor Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump were among the American delegation at a ceremony marking the embassy's official opening, which happens to fall one day before the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the state of Israel.
Also in attendance were several members of Congress, the Israel President and Prime Minister, American pastor Mark Hagee, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
Kushner spoke publicly for only the second time since he started work at the Trump White House, between Israeli President Rifkin and Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Kushner: "The pursuit of peace is the noblest pursuit of humankind. I believe peace is within reach if we dare to believe that the future can be different from the past, that we are not condemned to relive history."
"I am so proud to be here today in Jerusalem, the eternal heart of the Jewish people and I am especially honored to be here today as a representative of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump."
The show also included music in Hebrew and English and a pre-recorded message from President Trump.