Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who represents Israel's Sephardic Jews of Middle Eastern and North African descent reportedly blessed the couple before they attended the opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem Monday, which sparked criticism worldwide.
On The Late Show on CBS, host Stephen Colbert joked of the break with tradition, "Now we just have to destabilize Antarctica, and we'll have global-crisis bingo".
The move, which was meant to contrast the jovial embassy opening with the nearby murders of at least 58 Palestinians by Israeli troops at Gaza, prompted outrage among conservatives, who flocked to the special assistant to the president's defense. The clashes were a result of the USA officially moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "Those people had families too", Bette Midler tweeted, before sending a second tweet claiming the president lost the "PR advantage". "They're the angry ones".
The comedian said that Trump couldn't attend the opening in Jerusalem, "so, instead, he sent Peace Treaty Barbie and Collusion Ken", i.e. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. "Jared explained that the embassy was good for peace". Colbert then played a clip of Kushner speaking, overlaid with audio of a comically high-pitched voice reading his speech.
"Sounds strong. I think he's got a little cold". "You know, we'll see if there's peace, but we'll definitely remember".
"Yes, the 45th president of the United States "on" America". And, no, the "on" there was not a typo - she actually said that.
While Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are returning to the United States, the protests in Gaza continue and are expected to ramp up again after the funerals of protesters killed in this week's clashes. Certainly feels like he's on us.