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Trump, Netanyahu use synagogue shooting to cement alliance

President Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu’s government are using this week’s massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue to cement support for each other.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and Tree of Life Synagogue Rabbi Jeffrey Myers as he arrives with (L-R) his daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump outside the synagogue where a gunman killed eleven people and wounded six during a mass shooting Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC1951277440

In the aftermath of the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history, Israel’s right-wing government went into overdrive to defend President Donald Trump from charges that his rhetoric helped fuel the massacre.

Trump visited Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on Tuesday to pay his respects to the 11 dead worshippers, despite requests from Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto and at least one victim’s family that he not attend. Republican and Democratic leaders turned down Trump’s invitation to join and instead the president was greeted by protesters.

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