JEWISH LEADERS INVITED TO WHITE HOUSE AS DEMOCRATS FACE ACCUSATIONS OF ANTI-SEMITISM
The Trump White House will host more than 70 Jewish community leaders to discuss “pertinent issues” on Tuesday as the Democratic Party faces accusations of anti-Semitism.
American Jewish leaders recently received an invitation to meet with key White House officials for a “discussion” “pertinent issues impacting the community,” Jewish Insiderreported on Friday.
A White House official confirmed to The Daily Caller that the event would be taking place.
“On Tuesday, April 16, the White House will host more than 70 Jewish non-profit leaders, business leaders, and rabbis to meet with senior administration officials. This is part of our ongoing and regular engagement with community and business leaders,” the official told the Caller.
The official did not say which issues would be discussed during the meeting, although it will occur as President Donald Trump prepares to release his plan to bring peace to the Middle East. The plan has been one of the key projects for White House senior aide and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and few details have been made public.
The meeting will also take place as freshman congresswomen in the Democratic Party face accusations of anti-Semitism. In 2012, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar accused Israel of “hypnotizing the world,” and since taking office has used several anti-Semitic tropes to denounce Israeli influence on American politics. (RELATED: Omar Has Gotten In Hot Water With Frequent Comments About Israel)
Minnesota Democratic Congressional Candidate Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
House Democrats attempted to pass a resolution condemning Omar’s repeated comments in March, but ultimately the resolution was watered down to condemn all forms of hate and did not mention Omar by name. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Omar and claimed the freshman representative “doesn’t understand” why her comments about Israel were considered offensive.
Trump has capitalized on the turmoil within the Democratic Party, insisting that Omar “controls” Pelosi and reportedly telling donors during a private fundraiser that the Democrats “hate” Jewish people. (RELATED: Trump Tweets That Omar ‘Controls’ Pelosi)
“The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They have become anti-Jewish party. And that’s too bad,” Trump told reporters in early March after the Democrats passed the “anti-hate” resolution.
The president has implemented several policies that he can tout as accomplishments to the Jewish leaders, such as moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 5: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands withIsrael Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they meet in the Oval Office of the White House March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, some of the Jewish groups invited to the White House on Tuesday include AIPAC, the American Jewish Committee, the Zionist Organization of America and the Republican Jewish Coalition.