Trump offers hope for peace in recorded remarks at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE delivered recorded remarks Monday at the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. 

"Congratulations, it's been a long time coming," Trump said in a video played at the ceremony.

"This city and this entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people," he said. "The United States will always be a great friend of Israel."

The president went on to express his hope for peace in the region in the video message.

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"We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, to Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve there, and may God bless the United States of America," Trump said.

The president also tweeted his congratulations on the move.

Trump announced that the U.S. Embassy would be moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December.

The ceremony commemorating the embassy's opening was attended by various Trump administration officials including Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment The Hill's Morning Report — Trump isolated and denounced after Putin meeting IRS reduces donor reporting rules for some tax-exempt groups MORE, as well as White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerOn The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger NY to investigate allegations of tenant harassment by Kushner Cos. Tenants in Kushner Cos. building say they were pushed out: report MORE and adviser and daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump's fashion line dropped from Hudson's Bay due to 'performance' Trump's harsh immigration policies are a gift for human traffickers Let’s not talk about family leave without talking about child care MORE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also present for the opening. 

The embassy's opening is a fulfillment of one of Trump's 2016 campaign promises, but it has been met with protests from Palestinians, who see East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state. 

At least 37 people have reportedly been killed and 1,000 wounded as Palestinians try to cross the border into Israel. 

--Updated at 9:57 a.m.