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11 December 2017, 02:10 | Floyd Cook
White House: Trump's slurred speech was caused by a dry throat
Mr. Trump began his remarks retelling the story of Hanukkah before congratulating the Jewish faithful in attendance for his decision one day earlier.
"The status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians leading to a final status agreement", stated the five European member nations of the UNSC - including permanent members France and the United Kingdom - in a statement following an emergency meeting on the Trump declaration of support.
Trump lit a menorah with his Jewish grandchildren, whom he briefly mentioned in his speech.
For the Trump family's first holiday celebration in the Oval Office, Ivanka Trump arrived glistening in designer Alexander McQueen.
Trump in the address recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy there. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have endured unthinkable persecution and oppression.
Vice President Mike Pence, his wife, Karen, and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik also were on hand.
"I'm thinking about what's going on and the love that's all over Israel and all about Jerusalem", he said. Soloveichik is director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, and the rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan.
Not present at the event were congressional Democrats and many Jewish leaders critical of the president, who were left off the invites, according to the New York Times.
He was also accompanied on stage by Louise Lawrence-Israel, a Holocaust survivor originally from the Netherlands, who shared the story of childhood under Nazi Germany's rule, saying that "people let this happen. There's nothing to it", White House spokesman Raj Shah.
Mort Klein, head of the Zionist Organisation of America, said: "Everybody was talking about Jerusalem and how President Trump will be remembered for a thousand years and how we're all so grateful".
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