Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate to Host Event Celebrating Israel's 70th Anniversary

The event underway comes amid a slew of cancellations by Jewish organizations that decided to shun the president's famed Florida resort after he made his controversial remarks on Charlottesville

File photo: U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
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WASHINGTON - A Florida resort owned by President Trump, Mar-a-Lago, will host an event marking 70 years to the foundation of Israel, with tickets being sold at a price of $1,000 per person and $10,000 per table.

Speakers at the event will include U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Dany Danon and former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The event, which will take place in late March, is organized by the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, an organization that seeks to promote support for Israel's government among individuals of both faiths in the United States. 

Recent months saw a slew of events at Mar-a-Lago getting cancelled, with the cause for the cancellation in some cases related to political controversies associated with the Trump administration. One notable organization that moved its annual gala from the estate is Friends of Magen David Adom, which, perhaps coincidentally, relocated its event after Trump made favorable comments about some of the far-right protesters in Charlottesville.

One organization that chose the opposite route and decided to hold its gala at Mar-a-Lago and not in a different location was "The Truth About Israel", which will have an event at the estate later this month. Among the speakers will be former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon and three Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Ron Desantis, who is running for the office of governor of Florida. 

The event will be held to commemorate 45 years to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.

"Everyone is taking a stand that they don't like him. We're taking a stand that we do," one of the event's organizers told the pro-Trump website Newsmax. "I wanted to say, 'Thank you, Mr. President, for being a supporter of the state of Israel, our only ally in the Mideast."

Mar-a-Lago has reportedly suffered the decrease in popularity after the American president evoked the ire of many when he appeared to be drawing a moral equivalence between white nationalists, neo-Nazis and those they attacked in the city of Charlottesville in August 2017.

One counter-protester was killed and dozens injured on August 12 in a car attack that took place as hundreds of right-wing protestors rallied in Charlottesville against the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the U.S. Civil War.

Trump drew backlash when he said "both sides" played a role in the violence.