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"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 Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

Trump's move on Wednesday to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and set in motion a plan to move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was celebrated at the party.

President Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated an "especially special" Hanukkah at the White House, a day after declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital and setting off criticism and clashes. "We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and renew our enduring bond".

Though many evangelicals in the US lauded the move as Trump fulfilling his campaign promise, Arab world leaders condemned the decision as one that will hinder peace.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation was "profoundly grateful" and that Mr. Trump's announcement was an "important step toward peace".

In an interview with Breitbart News, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said of the physical move, "I'm sure it's going to happen".

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President Trump has also directed the U.S. State Department to start a plan for physically relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump lit a menorah with his Jewish grandchildren, whom he briefly mentioned in his speech.

But inside the White House Thursday, Trump got only applause, cheers and thanks from the crowd, which included Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels and Orthodox Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.

"The decision shocked some Jewish Democrats, who observed that previous presidents had invited members of the opposing party to religious holiday parties", noted Newsweek.

"I am not aware of the political affiliation of any of the guests, but I do know that this year was meant to be more personal than political", first lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told the Times.


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