President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed eight Holocaust survivors to the White House as they celebrated Hanukkah. Hanukkah began on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018, and ends on Monday evening, December 10, 2018. President Trump and Melania held a reception with Holocaust survivors where they attended the lighting of the Menorah.
President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is Jewish and his daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism. From the onset of Donald Trump’s presidency, he has made his position as a supporter of Israel well known and never kept secret his friendship and admiration of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The reception took place exactly one year from December 6, 2017, the day that President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered the U.S. Embassy to move from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.
The eight Holocaust survivors who were invited to the White House were Zahava Ungar, Gita Landau, Ruth Salamon, Bertha Einhorn, David Einhorn, Sara Censor, Ethel Flam, Gita Landau, and Dolly Rabinowitz.
You may see a video of the reception that includes the lighting of the Menorah in the video player below. President Trump and First Lady Melania are standing in the center as the Holocaust survivors are recognized and honored as they stood alongside the presidential couple.
“From the depths of despair, the Jewish people built a mighty and majestic nation, a thriving democracy in the heart of the Middle East, and a light of hope to all of the world.”
Happy Hanukkah from President Trump and the First Lady! pic.twitter.com/E27IRZuxiE
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 7, 2018
President Trump spoke about the recent anti-Semitic attacks in Pennsylvania and then introduced the Holocaust survivors to the platform.
“Unfortunately, Jews today continue to face many different forms of violence, hatred, and bigotry around the globe. We remember all those from the Tree of Life—Or L’Simcha Congregation—whose lives were tragically taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this past October. As one Nation, we pledge our continued love and support for the victims, their families, and the community, and we pray that the victims’ families find some measure of peace and comfort during this holiday season.”
He also reiterated his support for Israel and vowed to do whatever was necessary to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. You may hear President Trump’s full remarks in the video player below.
President Trump Delivers Remarks at a Hanukkah Reception https://t.co/1RKmIQEY21
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 6, 2018
As President Trump celebrated Hannukah with his special guests, he reaffirmed that an atrocity such as the Holocaust must never happen again.
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