President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race 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.
"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.
Big day for Israel. Congratulations!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
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 MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election MORE, as well as White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE and adviser and daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe Mary Trump doesn't see her cousins connecting with GOP Rubio: Biden's new child allowance is 'first step toward a universal basic income' 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.