Sep 26, 2022
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In marked contrast to outgoing President Obama’s platform that it is illegal for Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, President elect Donald Trump invited  leaders of the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council to attend his inauguration on January 20. Oded Revivi, Chief Foreign Envoy of the Yesha Council, confirmed to the media on Friday that the group had been invited.

Mayor of Efrat Oded Revivi (L) (Photo by Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

Revivi told the Times of Israel that the invitation is a “clear indication” that the new administration understands the importance of his group. He says he is looking forward to working “with our new friends in the White House.”

Revivi will attend the inauguration with Benny Kasriel, mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim, a city of over 37,000 residents located 4 miles from Jerusalem.

Israel is still reeling from President Obama’s choice to abstain from a United Nations Security Council vote three weeks ago declaring it illegal for Jews to live in Judea, Samaria, the Golan, Hebron, and granting sovereignty over the Temple Mount and the Western Wall to the Palestinians. It has been American policy for over 30 years to veto such UN resolutions. After the UN vote, President elect Trump posted a tweet, reassuring Israel that he intended to change US/Israel relations after his inauguration.