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Monday, December 09, 2019

(JNS) In the annual call on Friday ahead of the Rosh Hashanah holiday between Jewish communal leaders and the president of the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump recalled a friend telling him that neither moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in May 2018 nor recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights last March was his greatest accomplishment to benefit the Jewish people, two participants on the call told JNS.

The greatest accomplishment, this friend told Trump, was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, according to the participants.

On the brief call, which was closed to the press, Trump reiterated his desire not to go to war with Iran, but that the United States is ready to act. He touted the administration’s sanctions policy toward the regime, according to the participants.

The president acknowledged the Holocaust survivors on the phone and went on to note his pro-Israel accomplishments, in addition to denouncing anti-Semitism and expressing his appreciation for Jews contributing to American life, according to the participants. He mentioned the appointment earlier this year of U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr, who was on the call and briefly talked about his latest trip to Europe, furthering his cause to fight hatred of Jews around the world.