An Israeli settler adjusts a flag during a gathering to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. election, at the Cave of the Patriarchs, in the Palestinian city of Hebron
Israeli settlers gather to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming election, at the Cave of the Patriarchs
Photo: Reuters
Israeli settlers gather to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming election, at the Cave of the Patriarchs

Settlers pray for Trump re-election at biblical tomb

Rabbi at Cave of Patriarchs cites Republican president's 'commitment to the preservation and strengthening of the people of Israel, the State of Israel and the land of Israel' after his administration softened U.S. disapproval of Israeli settlements project

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Updated: 11.02.20 , 15:47
Jewish settler leaders prayed on Monday for U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election, citing his support for Israel, during a ceremony at a biblical tomb in the West Bank that has been a flashpoint of conflict with the Palestinians.
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  • "We have come to bless President Trump, both for the past, to thank him, but also for the future, that he succeeds in the coming election," Yishai Fleisher, spokesman for the Hebron settlers, said at the Cave of the Patriarchs burial site.
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    An Israeli settler adjusts a flag during a gathering to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. election, at the Cave of the Patriarchs, in the Palestinian city of Hebron
    An Israeli settler adjusts a flag during a gathering to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. election, at the Cave of the Patriarchs, in the Palestinian city of Hebron
    Israeli settlers gather to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming election, at the Cave of the Patriarchs
    (Photo: Reuters)
    One of those interred there, according to tradition, is Abraham, who is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims.
    Hoping to encourage coexistence between Jews and Palestinians, the Trump administration has named the Israeli-Arab rapprochement that it has been brokering the "Abraham Accords".
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    U.S. President Trump and wife Melania depart D.C. for presidential debate on Tuesday
    U.S. President Trump and wife Melania depart D.C. for presidential debate on Tuesday
    U.S. President Donald Trump and wife Melania
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    But Trump, a Republican running against Democratic former vice president Joe Biden in Tuesday's election, has been shunned by Palestinians for perceived bias since he broke with global consensus by recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
    His administration has also softened U.S. disapproval of Israel's settlements on land where the Palestinians want to establish a state, and which most world powers deem illegal.
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    Israeli settlers blow the Shofar, a ceremonial ram's horn, as they gather to show their support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. election,
    Israeli settlers blow the Shofar, a ceremonial ram's horn, as they gather to show their support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. election,
    Israeli settlers show their support for U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. election in a ceremony at the cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron
    (Photo: Reuters)
    A rabbi officiating at Monday's ceremony prayed for God to secure Trump "four more years", citing the president's "commitment to the preservation and strengthening of the people of Israel, the state of Israel and the land of Israel".
    A Trump peace plan stirred some settler anger, however, by proposing that Palestinians get a state on 70% of the West Bank.
    First published: 15:42 , 11.02.20
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