Giuliani Does Jerusalem: Trump's Lawyer Dances, Unwinds After Controversial Statements in Israel

Rudy Giuliani parties in popular Jerusalem market during whirlwind trip to the Holy Land

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Attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaking at a news conference in Los Angeles.
Attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaking at a news conference in Los Angeles.Credit: AP

Former New York City Mayor and personal attorney for President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani made time to unwind in a hip Jerusalem market Wednesday night after a busy few days in Israel, during which he commented on the Mueller investigation, the on-again, off-again U.S. summit with North Korea, and Trump’s peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a video shared on Twitter by the electronic dance group Major Lazer, the Trump lawyer can be seen waving a napkin above his head while a group of young people dance around him to the beat of one of the band’s songs, including one woman up on a chair.

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“We always say we make music for everybody,” Major Lazer captioned the video, originally posted by a Jerusalem reporter. “But Rudy Giuliani dancing to it waving that napkin everywhere is really pushing the limit.”

Mahane Yehuda Market, or “The Shuk,” is a West Jerusalem hotspot for food and drinks popular among both tourists and locals, and a staple destination for most guided trips to Israel, including Birthright.

While Giuliani’s napkin dance moves may be controversial  Major Lazer admitted in a Twitter exchange that they were “too upset” by the video to tweet about it using their usual uppercase letters  they pale in comparison to statements the lawyer has made during his trip to Israel.

Speaking Wednesday at a business conference in Tel Aviv, Giuliani said that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is trying to frame President Trump in its investigation into whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Giuliani also suggested that tactics similar to how the U.S. is currently dealing with North Korea should be used by Israel regarding the Palestinians.

“You gotta change the dynamic and put the pressure on them,” Giuliani told the conference attendees, referring to President Trump’s abrupt cancellation of the planned June 12 summit with North Korea on May 24. On June 1, Trump announced that the highly-anticipated summit was back on.

Giuliani further discussed Trump’s peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a Globes interview published Tuesday.

“I saw the plan. Theoretically, this is a plan with pure logic,” he said. “It is difficult to say this, but we must focus on the fact that the change must be made on the Palestinian side, and it is the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Fatah that must stop terror. Because if they want to continue to take the path of terrorism they will never be a state.”

Exemplifying the fierce loyalty the U.S. president demands from his closest advisers, Giuliani also emphasized that his boss is the best person to bring peace to the Middle East.

“President Trump has the most realistic understanding of the conflict, more than any American president.”

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