Real reason Donald is so close to Israel – and it's personal

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Mr shocked the world in December 2017 when he recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferred the US embassy to the city from Tel Aviv. This was a controversial move because Jerusalem, which is the Holy City for three religions – Christianity, Juadism and Islam – is clamed by both Israelis and Palestinians as their capital. In 1949, the city was split in half with Israel controlling West Jerusalem, but in 1967 they captured East Jerusalem and annexed the rest of the city.

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However, the international community considers East Jerusalem to be occupied territory.

Palestintians want to officially divide the city again and make East Jerusaelum the captal of a Palestinian state, but Benjamin Netanyahu’s governement has refused.

At the same time the US was opening its new embassy in Jerusalem, Palestinians were been fired at as they protested at the border with Gaza, calling for a right of return to territory that is now part of Israel.

Dozens of protesters were killed by the Israeli military, most of whom were unarmed, though some hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails.

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donald trump benjamin netanyauIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised US President Donald for his Jerusalem choice (Image: GETTY)

ivanka trump israelIvanka and Jared Kushner at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem (Image: GETTY)

President ’s Jersuselum gesture placed him fully on the side of the Israelis in the ongoing conflict.

However, there may be a surprising reason for his uncompromising pro-Israel attitude: his daughter Ivanka.

Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are both senior advisers to the President, making them two of the most influential people in the world.

Ivanka has even been dubbed the First Daughter for her unusually prominent position.

ivanka trump israelIvanka at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a holy site for Jews (Image: GETTY)

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Crucially, Ivanka converted to Judaism in 2009 before she married Jared, who is from an Orthodox Jewish family.

According to 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’, her decision initially left Mr “discombobulated”.

He apparently said to political aide  Sam Nunberg years later: “Why should my daughter convert to marry anyone?”

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