Although Hanukkah is next week, President Donald Trump made a decision to throw a White House bash for the Jewish members of his party five days in advance, so that it did not clash with his Mar-a-Lago trip.
The obvious stab at the-then POTUS was long forgotten until it was dug up by Twitterati recently, after Trump announced the White House Hanukkah party will be held Thursday.
Jewish Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer also attended, as did Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels and Orthodox Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, who led the audience in the Chanukah prayer and thanked the president for "recognizing what we've all always known to be true".
Jewish Republican Reps Lee Zeldin (N.Y.) and David Kustoff (Tenn.) were notably in attendance to hear Trump speak on Thursday, the Hill reported. The decision was celebrated by pro-Israel voices by condemned by the Palestinians and others.
"Let me just say this, not to be a hypocrite, I wouldn't be going to any party at the White House with him", Frankel said.
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"I think this one will go down as especially special". "We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond".
Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, attended the party and called Trump's declaration a "historic moment" for Israel.
Congressional Jewish Democrats, however, blasted Trump for turning the holiday festivities into a "partisan" event.
'It's deeply unfortunate that the White House Hanukkah Party - a bipartisan event bringing together Jewish and non-Jewish leaders alike to celebrate the Festival of Lights since 2001 - has turned into a partisan affair under this administration, ' Representative Nita M. Lowey of NY said in a statement. President Donald Trump's young grandchildren, who are Jewish, led the symbolic lighting of the Chanukah menorah.
The White House denied that the guest list was shortened for political reasons in a statement.