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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at celebration marking one-year anniversary of US Embassy move to Jerusalem, May 14 2019

Israel is marking the official one-year anniversary of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem with fanfare and celebration, along with embassy officials and diplomats in the capital.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman declared Tuesday in remarks at a celebration marking the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem, that Israel is gaining strength, for two reasons.

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One, because the ‘unbreakable bond’ between Israel and the United States is growing “stronger and stronger and stronger,” Friedman said, and “the second is that Israel has one secret weapon that not too many countries have: Israel is on the side of God, and we don’t underestimate that.”

President Donald Trump also sent his own personal greetings via the Twitter social networking site.

Likewise, former Likud MK Yehuda Glick, an American immigrant to Israel who was also present, added his view: “The move of the embassy was not a political event. It was a Godly, religious, biblical event.”

The Annual Night of Heroes event was sponsored by the American evangelical Friends of Zion Museum.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke at the event, called on all the countries of the region and “all the countries who seek peace in the world” to stand together with the United States against Iranian aggression. “We are united in our desire to stop Iranian aggression,” he said. “We have to keep on strengthening the State of Israel and keep on strengthening the indispensable alliance with America.”

Earlier in the day, the prime minister telephoned Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to congratulate him on the one year anniversary since the Guatemalan Embassy moved to Jerusalem, while his wife Sara hosted First Lady Patricia Morales for a lunch in Jerusalem.

“We remember Guatemala from the day that Israel was founded,” he said. “To this day there’s a very strong friendship between us and I want to send first my fondest greetings from my wife and me to President Morales, to Jimmy, a good friend, a great friend of Israel. We value this friendship.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.