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'The City of God...Where Messiah Will Come': US Dedicates Jerusalem Embassy in Historic Event

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WASHINGTON – After 22 of years waiting for a president to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it finally happened Monday.

President Donald Trump made good on one of his key campaign promises, to the delight of both Israeli Jews and evangelical Christians around the world.

The historic move recognizes Jerusalem as the true capital of the Jewish state.

It happened 70 years to the day that Israel proclaimed its independence, fighting to reestablish a homeland for the Jewish people.

In his welcoming remarks at the embassy's official dedication ceremony, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman praised Trump for his bold decision.

"Today's historic event is attributed to the vision, the courage, and the moral clarity of one person to whom we owe an enormous and eternal debt of gratitude, President Donald J. Trump," Friedman said.

WATCH BELOW: CBN News' Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell was on location at the new embassy in Jerusalem, joining our CBN News Faith Nation team in Washington with analysis about this important event.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner also spoke in a rare public appearance.

"We believe it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace, safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams," Kushner said of the Israelis and Palestinians.

He also condemned the violent protests that broke out at the Gaza border in which dozens of people were killed.

"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," Kushner said.

Among the evangelical leaders at the ceremony were Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, and Pastor Robert Jeffress who opened the ceremony with a prayer. 

"We come before You, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thanking You for bringing us to this momentous occasion in the life of Your people and in the history of our world," said Jeffress.

He and many evangelicals believe this move aligns with God's will and what the Bible says about Israel: "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse," God says to Abraham in .

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Jeffress and Hagee both thanked God for the leadership of Trump.
"We thank you, O Lord, for President Donald Trump's courage in acknowledging to the world a truth that was established 3,000 years ago, that Jerusalem is and always shall be the eternal capital of the Jewish people," said Hagee.

Hagee said Israel has become "the lone torch of freedom in the Middle East" because of God's "everlasting love for the Jewish people."

“Jerusalem is the city of God, Jerusalem is the heartbeat of Israel, Jerusalem is where Abraham placed his son on the altar,” he continued. “Jerusalem is where Messiah will come and establish a kingdom that will never end.”

For those who "curse" Israel, Hagee had a clear message.  
"Let the word go forth from Jerusalem today that Israel lives. Let every Islamic terrorist hear this message: Israel lives!"

“Let the word go forth today that Israel lives,” Hagee said, “because He that keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.”

WATCH BELOW: Our CBN News team in Jerusalem was on site at the new embassy in Jerusalem

BEHIND THE SCENES of our Embassy Coverage with the CBN News Daily Rundown May 14, 2018

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Jenna Browder co-hosts Faith Nation and is a network correspondent for CBN News. She has interviewed many prominent national figures from both sides of the political aisle, including presidents, cabinet secretaries, lawmakers, and other high-ranking officials. Jenna grew up in the small mountain town of Gunnison, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied journalism. Her first TV jobs were at CBS affiliates in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Monroe, Louisiana where she anchored the nightly news. She came to Washington, D.C. in 2016. Getting to cover that year's