Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort to host gala for Israel’s 70th anniversary

Tickets on sale for $1,000 per table; speakers in Florida event to include Nikki Haley, Israel’s UN ambassador, former Canada PM Stephen Harper

A view of the Mar-a-Lago Resort, February 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images via JTA)
A view of the Mar-a-Lago Resort, February 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images via JTA)

An event marking Israel’s 70th year will be held at US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The event scheduled for late March is organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which is selling tickets for $1,000 per table, Haaretz reported.

Speakers at the event will include the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley; Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon; and former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In August, nine groups canceled planned galas at the Florida resort owned by Trump.

US President Donald Trump (L) next to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during lunch with members of the United Nations Security Council in the State Dining Room of the White House, January 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

Among the cancellations were American Friends of Magen David Adom, the US fundraising arm of the Israeli Red Cross organization. Some of the groups that canceled their events in August cited Trump’s response to the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the reason. In other cases, groups said the venue was detracting from the message of their events.

The Boca Raton, Florida-based group The Truth About Israel is scheduled to hold its gala at Mar-A-Lago on February 25. Among the speakers will be former Israeli ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon, three Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Ron Desantis, who is running for Florida governor, and Jewish Olympic gold medalist swimmer Mark Spitz.

The group says on its website that The Truth About Israel is a not-for-profit company formed “to educate and train the public about the facts of Israel in today’s world. Our mission is to advocate for Israel, covering the core values of the state of Israel, and the fundamental rights and justice for the Jewish people.”

The club makes $100,000 to $275,000 for such events, according to the Washington Post. Trump has made frequent weekend visits to the resort since becoming president.

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