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Trump’s Already Serving Matzah, Gefilte Fish At White House … Thanks?

The White House reception for Jewish leaders provided an optimistic look at the forthcoming Middle East peace plan — and a full spread of pre-Passover goodies.

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, the evening’s guest of honor, praised President Trump and thanked the aides responsible for putting the plan together, according to Jewish Insider. He insisted he’s confident that the administration “will take Israel’s vital concerns into account in any plan they will put forward.”

As Dermer spoke in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, attendees dug into a kosher meal a few days early, marking a delicious way to say chag sameach (happy Passover). Jewish Insider reported that they were served gefilte fish (apparently multi-colored), potato kugel, baba ganoush, Israeli salad and matzah crackers.

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher




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