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Monday, May 22, 2017

Bennett's mid-handshake message to Trump: Recognize Jerusalem

Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) may not be meeting one-on-one with President Trump during his two-day trip to Israel, but he found a way to get his message across personally to the president nevertheless.
 
Shortly after landing in Ben Gurion Airport Monday afternoon, President Trump shook hands with members of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.
 
While most cabinet members made do with a simple “Hello, Mr. President”, “Welcome to Israel”, or other pleasantries, Bennett took the opportunity to make a personal, if brief, appeal to the president to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel.
 
“Welcome to Israel. It’s Jerusalem’s birthday, you know – 50 years,” Bennett told the president. “This is the time to recognize Jerusalem.”
 
Trump responded to Bennett saying, “That’s a good one…” before moving on.