As President Donald Trump announced that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, American and Israeli flags were projected onto Jerusalem's Old City walls.
The flags were screened on the 16th century walls from Jaffa Gate in the direction of Mount Zion in a show of appreciation.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that Trump’s announcement “is a historic declaration that sends a clear message to the entire world that the US stands with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jerusalem.”
“As a gesture and expression of the courageous friendship between the American people and the people of Israel, we decided to project the American and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, the ultimate symbol of the strength of the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem for over 3,000 years,” Barkat said in the statement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a statement of gratitude to President Trump for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Social media quickly lit up with images of the flag projections and reaction to the historic announcement.
Right now: Jerusalem's Old City walls have been illuminated with the American and Israeli flags ahead of President Trump's anticipated statement recognizing the city as Israel's capital. pic.twitter.com/MLE17w7liM
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) December 6, 2017
— Eylon A. Levy (@EylonALevy) December 6, 2017
Chills watching Israel put the American flag up and then the Israeli flag.
— JosieK (@JosieKana) December 6, 2017
— Yanki יענקי פרבר (@yankifarber) December 6, 2017
— Trail Media (@TrailMediaLLC) December 6, 2017
— Scott (@GoGreenplzz) December 6, 2017
The Israeli and U.S. flags are being lit on the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) December 6, 2017
President @realDonaldTrump’s speech was right on target. The decision to move the US embassy in Israel to #Jerusalem needed to be made and I congratulate the president for standing up and actually doing it.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) December 6, 2017
That Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is 1) a factual statement; 2) has long been an American consensus. Now, Trump to his great credit, is simply saying the obvious
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) December 6, 2017
Trump also ordered the State Department to begin moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Critics have warned that the move is likely to inflame tensions across the Middle East.
Palestinian terror group Hamas called for a “day of rage” Friday, urging Palestinians to protest and warning that Trump's pronouncement would cross a "red line."
See an excerpt of Trump's announcement below.