Trump says White House Hanukkah celebration 'all about Jerusalem'

Dec 11, 2017, 02:10
Trump says White House Hanukkah celebration 'all about Jerusalem'

"The faith community has talked to the administration for months and months about the need to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", said Robert Jeffress, pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas and an evangelical adviser to Trump.

Democrats, if you keep believing that Trump will undo himself before we can get to 2020, you are going to be horribly wrong.

An intense and sustained push by US evangelicals helped drive President Donald Trump´s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel´s capital and eventually relocate the USA embassy there, activists said on Wednesday.

Those in opposition to Trump's move contest the US's genuine commitment to the peace process, arguing instead that the Jerusalem declaration has "destroyed" the two state solution, further removing the possibility of the U.S. performing its longstanding role as an impartial mediator.

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is Jewish, was also at the reception, donning a kippah.

Lawrence-Israels spent the first three years of her life hiding from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam, mere blocks from where Anne Frank was also hiding.

Christian vice-president Mike Pence, Sheldon Adelson, the hotel magnate and Zionist donor, and Jewish Republican legislators were among those who attended and ate kosher lamb chops, just as in past years, for White House Hanukkah parties.

Trump had converted to Judaism before marrying her husband and fellow white house advisor Jared Kushner in 2009.

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For the Trump family's first holiday celebration in the Oval Office, Ivanka Trump arrived glistening in designer Alexander McQueen.

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Sanders said Trump was scheduled to have a routine medical exam "early next year" at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as most presidents have done historically.

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