Jerusalem marks 51th anniversary as Israel’s united capital. Large US delegation here for embassy dedication

The formal dedication of the US embassy in Jerusalem Monday, May 13, is the centerpiece of Jerusalem’s 51st anniversary celebrations. The delegation here for the event is headed by deputy secretary of state John Sullivan and includes President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and 12 members of Congress.

Israel marked the anniversary Sunday with a festive cabinet meeting at the Bible Museum in Jerusalem. The ministers allocated NIS2 billion (app. $800,000) for a five-year program to improve the school system in East Jerusalem and adjust it to the Israeli curriculum. Two state memorial ceremonies came next. On Mt. Herzl, Ethiopian Jews who died during their perilous journey to the holy land were remembered and and tribute was paid to the fallen men and women who fought in the Six Day War. During the afternoon, tens of thousands were to take part in the traditional flag parade through the streets of Jerusalem, the Old City up to its finale at the Western Wall.

The official US embassy dedication ceremony Monday takes place at the US Consulate’s visa section in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood – which will then officially become the US Embassy. About 30 of the 86 ambassadors accredited to Israel accepted the invitation to the Foreign Ministry gala reception for the US delegation Sunday evening in Jerusalem. Most European Union ambassadors are boycotting the party, excepting Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Romania, whose envoys will be there in defiance of Brussels, which takes strong exception to the US move. The Russian, Egyptian and Mexican ambassadors are not expected to attend. Guatemala and Paraguay have both promised to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

The streets of Jerusalem are decked with American and Israeli flags. The most important US and European television networks have sent over special crews for live coverage of the occasion. Needless to say, security and police contingents have been heavily reinforced to safeguard all these events.

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47 thoughts on “Jerusalem marks 51th anniversary as Israel’s united capital. Large US delegation here for embassy dedication

  • May 13, 2018 @ 16:41 at 16:41

    Small error, 2 billion NIS = $560,970,479 USD = $112 million USD by year for 5 years

    • May 13, 2018 @ 21:19 at 21:19

      Exactlly. I was going to point out the same thing.

    • May 14, 2018 @ 11:24 at 11:24

      God bless Republicans, God bless Donald Trump and his family and may we watch with joy the Democrats eating their heart out and the left media insignificant and dismayed .

  • May 13, 2018 @ 16:50 at 16:50

    God bless Israel on her Jubilee year.

    • May 13, 2018 @ 17:15 at 17:15

      God bless Israel each and every year, until the end of time, and then some!

    • May 13, 2018 @ 17:21 at 17:21

      God bless America!
      God bless the President Trump works!

      • May 13, 2018 @ 18:15 at 18:15

        And remember to raise our glasses to Moshe Dayan, master of ceremonies in June 1967, important event along the way to this joyous day!

        • May 14, 2018 @ 5:54 at 5:54

          Moshe Dayan is the architect of continued Muslim ownership and aggression and lack of Jewish sovereignty on Har habayit. Better to forget his treachery in this auspices day.

    • May 13, 2018 @ 18:39 at 18:39

      God bless Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu!

  • May 13, 2018 @ 17:04 at 17:04

    Small error, 1010 + 2018 = 3028-th anniversary as capital

    And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, that is, Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the (Jerusalem) city of David. – this was in 1010 BCE

    • May 13, 2018 @ 17:20 at 17:20

      Small error , it is also capital of Kurds and Persians and Greeks . Sure of Romans and Templers.
      They all ruled Jerusalem more than 51 year. Romans ruled it over 1000 years and Greeks with Persians ruled it over 300 years . So i would not call it anniversary . Since Templers ruled Jerusalem on and off around 600 years and non consecutively over 1000 years.

      • May 13, 2018 @ 17:39 at 17:39

        Solomeo Erronatus al-Mistakon ibn Faulterratum, you just made a small deviations from right, missing accuracy, correctness, or truth.

        Jews continued to exist, never totally erased as a population. And Jerusalem continued to be their beloved capital city, year after year, every single second.

      • May 13, 2018 @ 17:55 at 17:55

        Yerushalaim was never the CAPITAL of Kurds, Persians, Greeks, Romans or any other nation or country after Kind David established it as The CAPITAL of Israel.
        Many nations would come, conquer, destroy, murder… And disappear in the trash of history

      • May 13, 2018 @ 21:28 at 21:28

        Small Error: As for as you are concerned, Mr. Pseudo Historian, Jerusalem IS the capital of the current Jewish State called Israel. Your historical acrobatics will not change that. Go eat yourself up.

      • May 14, 2018 @ 4:52 at 4:52

        occupation/enslavement was the only ownership rome had on Jerusalem the other’s you name i can’t see..maybe was there for sanctuary for period’s of time. the 10 “lost” tribe’s of Israel that’s scattered all over amongst the gentile’s are supporting the jewish state without knowing their descendant’s from the 12 tribes. so end day’s have set in..short time.

      • May 14, 2018 @ 5:57 at 5:57

        All the conquerors had their capital elsewhere, not in Jerusalem!!!

  • May 13, 2018 @ 17:54 at 17:54

    ? Jerusalem was founded as the City of David in 1010 BCE, but there’s evidence of settlements there going back all the way to 4500 BCE.
    ? That means that Jewish people have continuously lived in Jerusalem for more than 3,000 years.
    ? The Bible doesn’t have the first mention of Jerusalem: that honor goes to the Execration Texts, written 3,800 years ago in Egypt.
    ? Jerusalem has been conquered more than 40 times including by the Persians, the Romans, the Ottoman Turks, and the British Empire.
    ? More than 100 battles have been fought for control of Jerusalem over the course of its history.
    ? It’s hard to know exactly when the First Temple was built, but best estimates indicate the mid-10th century BCE – it took 150,000 workers.
    ? The Second Temple was built in the 6th century BCE and stood until the year 70 CE.
    ? Jerusalem is found all over Jewish practice: it’s mentioned on holidays, at funerals and weddings, and during daily prayers.
    ? Many Jews face Jerusalem, the site of the Temple, every time they pray.
    ? Yearly, more than a million notes are placed in the Western Wall, the last remaining piece of the Temple. They’re collected and buried.
    ? Yerushalayim, Hebrew for Jerusalem, contains the word “shalom,” which means peace.
    ? Jerusalem is named more than 900 times in the Hebrew Bible.
    ? “Jerusalem” is the last word said in Passover seders.
    ? In 1840, Jews became the largest ethnic group in Jerusalem (and have been ever since).
    ? Jerusalem is a walled city: its walls are about 2.5 miles long, 40 feet tall, and 8 feet thick.
    ? There are 34 watchtowers along Jerusalem’s walls, and there are 7 gates for traffic.
    ? Municipal law requires all structures to be covered in Jerusalem stone, preserving the historical look of the city.
    ? Jerusalem’s emblem has a lion (representing the Lion of Judah), a wall (like the city walls and the Western Wall), and an olive branch.
    ? A testament to its long history, Jerusalem has more than 2,000 active archaeological sites.
    ? Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives is the oldest active burial site in the world and is home to more than 150,000 Jewish graves.
    ? Jerusalem is a holy site for all three Abrahamic faiths, and more than 3.5 million tourists visit every year.
    ? There are more than 50 Christian churches, 33 Muslim mosques, and 300 Jewish synagogues in the city.
    ? The Knesset, Israel’s legislative body, is in Jerusalem and is named for the Knesset Hagedolah (Great Assembly) convened there in 5th c. BCE.
    ? There are more than 60 museums in Jerusalem. Our advice? Give yourself a whole day for the Israel Museum.
    ? The Israel Museum is home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the oldest Biblical manuscripts ever found.
    ? Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and archive, houses more than 450,000 photographs and 179 million pages of documents.
    ? There are more than 1,500 public parks and gardens in Jerusalem – that’s a lot of green space in the desert!
    ? Some of the olive trees in Jerusalem are more than 800 years old.
    ? There are more than 26 wineries in and around Jerusalem.
    ? There is a gazelle sanctuary less than a mile from the Old City walls.
    ? The Biblical Zoo features a collection of wildlife featured in the Bible. It’s one of Israel’s top tourist attractions.
    ? There’s even an American football stadium, donated by the Kraft family, who are the owners of the New England Patriots.
    ? The fabulous (and frenetic!) Mahane Yehuda Market packs in locals and tourists with its array of food, color, and noise.

  • May 13, 2018 @ 18:12 at 18:12

    Well said
    Thank you .

  • May 13, 2018 @ 18:33 at 18:33

    message for the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat

    Ok to finalize studies for the emplacement and architectural for the building complex of the new United Nations headquarters in Jerusalem.

    • May 14, 2018 @ 7:24 at 7:24

      Not UN, UK as in United KingdomS, excuses to the Queen and Pope. Nations can send their presidents until they make their citizens sovereign subjects of the most high.

  • May 13, 2018 @ 19:24 at 19:24

    Brother Mahmud, hey, brother Mahmud!
    Looks just like the damn Fargo of the Coen brothers.
    First the Nakba movie in ’47, then a full serial!
    What if whole Allaku Akbar is just plain shit?

  • May 13, 2018 @ 19:45 at 19:45

    The EU thinks that supporting Iran, an oppressive regime, is more important than supporting the US, their number one ally.
    Says everything you need to know about the EU.
    Oops, sorry, forgot the Iranians were the ones who came to Europe’s rescue during WW2

    • May 13, 2018 @ 22:02 at 22:02

      EU lost its common sense. Supporting the terrorist Iran and Fakestine and betraying USA. (EU Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) Frederica Mogherini kisses Abbas (President of Fakestine) and meanwhile Muslim hords are terrorizing Europe. Good night Europe, your “leaders” sucks.

      • May 14, 2018 @ 8:07 at 8:07

        Eli Konorti, think Europe from Macron to Putin have a Napoleon complex. A few Friendly Punches would be of benefit to them.

    • May 13, 2018 @ 22:22 at 22:22

      Bare in mind that thanks to the EU continuing the agreement with Iran, Iran remains obligated to the agreement, even while the US implements new sanctions and prepares a new and more realistic agreement. That’s a benefit, albeit a minor one. Instead of using the financial means restored to them when the sanctions were lifted, to improve their economy and the life of their population, they had nothing better to do than to support the corrupt Syrian regime of Assad, invest in a military adventure in Syria, and force millions of Syrian refugees out of their country, to be financed with tens of billions of Euros by European tax payers. Besides the economic hardships of new sanctions, Iran will also have to deal with a wounded national pride at home, when it faces a devastating defeat at the hands of Israel. Perhaps that will be enough for the Iranian masses to consider getting rid of their foolish regime. Why shouldn’t Iran pay for the upkeep of Syrian refugees in Europe, since Iran is the one that caused them? And how many Syrian refugees has Iran let into their country? As Hamid Dabashi already wrote in an AlJazeera opinion piece titled “Iran has a duty to take in Syrian refugees” in 2015, “If Iran is helping to sustain the Assad regime, then why should it not accept its share of Syrian refugees?”

      • May 13, 2018 @ 22:39 at 22:39

        EU is only focused on their short-term benefits (making money) and oversees the real danger (Iran’s terrorist activities). In this way EU supports Iran’s terrorist activities. EU’s alliance with Iran and Fakestine is a direct way to hell. Iran and Fakestine are fanatical their anti-Western and anti-Semitic ideology which is exactly the same as of the Nazis. Of course, one day EU will regret their support of Iran but then it would be too late. Thank God that Trump makes the right decisions in the right time.

      • May 13, 2018 @ 22:51 at 22:51

        i meant “… Iran and Fakestine are fanatical in their anti-Western and anti-Semitic ideology which is exactly the same as of the Nazis …”

      • May 14, 2018 @ 0:20 at 0:20

        Harald, I noticed that too.

        The symbol in the center of the flag of fascist iran is a PUSSY.

        How that got by the censors is a Nakba.

        • May 14, 2018 @ 1:42 at 1:42

          Hahahaha, it is a big bad pussy!

          • May 14, 2018 @ 3:36 at 3:36

            After daily reading of this site for the past few years, I am still saddened by the immature and offensive comments that are posted. Clearly there is more to growing up than just turning another year older. A good place to start is to keep the commandments given by God (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). Pray for the peace of Israel.

          • May 14, 2018 @ 5:37 at 5:37

            Ok, will not mess with Texas, but can we keep Austin weird?

      • May 14, 2018 @ 6:49 at 6:49

        As you have described, national flag is the emblem of the Ayatollahs Assahollahs.

    • May 14, 2018 @ 7:28 at 7:28

      Remember 9-11, before the surge it was, the Frenchies were cheering and the Irakis were crying. You hit the nail smack on the head pal.

      • May 14, 2018 @ 7:29 at 7:29

        This was to eli conorti

  • May 13, 2018 @ 20:11 at 20:11

    O Israel, trust thou in the Lord:
    He is their help and their shield.

  • May 13, 2018 @ 20:42 at 20:42

    God bless Republicans, God bless Donald Trump and his family and may we watch with joy the Democrats eating their heart out and the left media insignificant and dismayed .

  • May 13, 2018 @ 21:36 at 21:36

    Happy Yom Yerushalayim! God bless Israel and the United States of America!

  • May 13, 2018 @ 21:58 at 21:58

    The United States was founded with Judeo-Christian principles and ethics. Israel and the United States are inseparable.
    More US money for Israel.
    More US military support for Israel.

    • May 13, 2018 @ 22:59 at 22:59

      Camel bangers came around too late, such was the Allah willing, what can you do?

  • May 13, 2018 @ 22:20 at 22:20

    Monday, May 14

    • May 13, 2018 @ 22:42 at 22:42

      Yes, this is an important date, the grand ayatollah always gets on the 14th of the month a hand-job, to keep prostate cancer in check, while enjoying the massage with camel prick.

  • May 14, 2018 @ 1:12 at 1:12

    For behold, I am sending you serpents, adders which cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you, says the Lord.

    And it shall be, as the hungry man dreams, and behold, he eats, and he shall awaken, and his appetite is unsated, and as the thirsty man dreams, and behold he drinks, and he shall awaken and behold he is faint, and his soul yearns, [red]so shall be the multitude of all the nations gathered on Mount Zion

    R. Johanan said likewise: Let him come, and let me not see him. Resh Lakish said to him: Why so? Shall we say, because it is written, As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him,’ or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him?12 But come, and I will shew you its like even in this world. When one goes out into the field and meets a bailiff,13 it is as though he had met a lion. When he enters the town, and is accosted by a tax-collector, it is as though he had met a bear. On entering his house and finding his sons and daughters in the throes of hunger, it is as though he were bitten by a serpent!

  • May 14, 2018 @ 1:23 at 1:23

    Im ashamed at our current p.m in uk not being there Isreal can tell who there real friends are Im sure many mps will send there support

  • May 14, 2018 @ 7:41 at 7:41

    Trump really is a trump card! A cut way above the rest. You have all my blessings sir, may every man on earth follow you to Gd and repentance. May you successfully get Rabbi Nachman here by The Head of the Year. 51 is for Good, Good, Good. Like Josef and Moses. If you are successful you will be called holy and holy and holy and holy. I said it, and I am sure Rabbi Nachman approves!

  • May 14, 2018 @ 7:59 at 7:59

    WTF Germany, the land of the murderers boycotts the party, because of their “special relationship” with Israel, they don’t even take part in the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem, Ir ha Kodesh?
    So they don’t even accept Jerusalem as Israels capital, but they also don’t attend an inauguration party by the US who accept Jerusalem as Israels capital, and who helped to fight the Nazis in WW2.

  • May 15, 2018 @ 3:02 at 3:02

    Jesus just rang the Rapture Express ™ and she said get the cross shuttles ready for Pluto and all aboard!!

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