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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 MnuchinThe next two years of federal housing policy could be positive under Mark Calabria The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Trump mulling 60-day delay for China tariff deadline MORE, as well as White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Rule change sharpens Dem investigations into Trump Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry MORE and adviser and daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 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.