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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMexican presidential candidate vows to fire back at Trump's 'offensive' tweets Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate Jim Carrey takes aim at Kent State grad who posed with AR-10 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 MnuchinSunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in after Texas school shooting China to buy 'significantly' more US goods and services after trade talks Trump urged postmaster general to double rates on Amazon: report MORE, as well as White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump admin looking at June release for Mideast peace plan: report Trump: I will sign a prison reform bill The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by CVS Health - A pivotal day for House Republicans on immigration MORE and adviser and daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpFemale activists jailed in Saudi Arabia ahead of end to driving ban Trump hears ‘covfefe’ as White House aides weigh in on 'Yanny' and 'Laurel' Trump, taxpayers want Title X funding protected from abortion clinics 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.