Jared Kushner in Jerusalem: "Those Provoking Violence Are Part Of The Problem, Not Part Of The Solution"


Senior WH advisor Jared Kushner 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.

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.

"The United States stands with Israel because we both believe in freedom," he said, and: "The United States is ready to support a peace agreement in every way that we can."

"When there is peace in this region, we will look back upon this day and remember that the journey to peace started with a strong America recognizing the truth," he said.

JARED KUSHNER: Thank you, Ambassador Friedman. You've really done a great job today and you've done a great job as an ambassador, but today's really been spectacular. So thank you very much.


I'm 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.


I also want to thank Prime Minister Netanyahu and Sara for being with us here today to celebrate this historic occasion.

Thank you very much.


I'd like to ask all of the members of Congress who are here on the delegations to rise and be recognized.

Today would not be possible without your advocacy throughout the years.


Thank you, Deputy Secretary Sullivan, for leading our delegation, Secretary Mnuchin for your leadership and for your friendship.

And of course, Ivanka, thank you for all of the great work you do to help so many people in our country and throughout the world, including me. So I love you.


I also want to acknowledge Vice President Mike Pence for his tireless efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.(APPLAUSE)

KUSHNER: In December of last year, President Trump announced to the world that the United States would finally recognize the truth that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.


He also declared that we would soon move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And just five months later we are standing on these grounds.


While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American embassy once in office, this president delivered, because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it.


But today also demonstrates American leadership. By moving our embassy to Jerusalem, we have shown the world, once again, that the United States can be trusted. We stand with our friends and our allies. And above all else, we've shown that the United States of America will do what's right, and so we have.


Israel's a sovereign nation with the right to determine its own capital, the same right that is enjoyed by every other country in the world.

In taking this action, the United States has also chosen to strengthen the bond between our two countries. Our special bond is the envy of nations throughout the world. This bond is forged through shared history, sustained through shared interests, and immortalized through shared principles. KUSHNER: The United States stands with Israel because we both believe in freedom. We stand together because we both believe in human rights. We stand together because we believe democracy is worth defending. And the United States stands with Israel because we believe -- we know that is the right thing to do.


When stand together for the principles and the values we share, we shine the light of justice unto the world.

Israel proves every day the boundless power of freedom. This land is the only land in the Middle East in which Jews, Muslims and Christians and people of all faiths participate and worship freely according to their beliefs.

Israel protects women's rights, freedom of speech and the right of every individual to reach their God-given potential.

These are the same values that the United States cherishes. These are the values that bind us together.

These are also the values that made Israel one of the most vibrant nations in the world. This tiny population has spurred advancements in technology, medicine and agriculture, making the world a healthier, safer and more prosperous place. These are the blessings we hope Israel can one day share with its neighbors.

Last week, President Trump acknowledged another truth and kept another promise. He announced his intention to exit the dangerous, flawed and one-sided Iran deal.


Thank you.

Iran's aggression threatens the many peace-loving citizens throughout the region and the entire world. From Israel to Jordan to Egypt to Saudi Arabia and beyond, many leaders are fighting to modernize their countries and create better lives for their people. In confronting common threats and in pursuit of common interests, previously unimaginable opportunities and alliances are emerging.

I am also proud to be here today as a member of the team that President Trump has entrusted to lead the efforts to bring peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It has been an honor to work with our new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo...


... National Security Advisor John Bolton...


... our ambassador, David Friedman...


... and our special representative, Jason Greenblatt, who really does so much for U.S. (ph).

I also want to acknowledge Ambassador Nikki Haley, who really has created a new day for Israel at the U.N.


On December 6th, President Trump was very clear that his decision and today's celebration do not reflect a departure from our strong commitment to lasting peace, a peace that overcomes the conflicts of the past in order to give our children a brighter and more boundless future.

As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

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