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  • While Barack Obama was being sworn in as the 44th president on Jan. 20, 2009, his family’s belongings were unloaded at the White House. (David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

    The most frenzied American ritual you’ve never seen is called the “transfer of families,” a five-hour tsunami of activity that transforms President Obama’s home into President Trump’s.

    “I call it organized chaos,” said Gary Walters, who choreographed several transfers of families in his 21 years as the White House chief usher.

    “It’s energizing,” said Ann Stock, who saw the transfer up close as the Clintons’ social secretary, “but absolutely exhausting.”

    Here’s what happens on Inauguration Day before and during those five hectic hours.

  • KATHLEEN KENNEDY TOWNSEND addresses the Herzliya Conference at IDC Herzliya on Tuesday. (photo credit:IDC)

    On June 5th, 1968, New York Senator Robert Francis Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan, an Arab terrorist angered by Kennedy’s support for an arms deal to Israel.

    Often lost in the larger story of RFK’s assassination, however, is his pro-Israel legacy and the centrality of his pro-Israel views in Sirhan’s motive.

    On Saturday, Robert Kennedy’s daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, spoke with Israel’s Channel 1 about her father’s support for Israel, the ‘special bond’ his assassination forged between her and the Jewish state, and her personal views on Israel.

    "He was killed for his support for Israel, so I feel a very special bond to Israel because of my family,” said Townsend, adding that her uncle, President Kennedy, had been an early supporter of Jewish statehood.

    “And you may know that my uncle, John Kennedy, came here in 1939 and called for a two-state solution and said that Israel will be very strong."

    The article is from Israel National News. For the Jerusalem Post article: click here

  • The US Capitol building is seen ahead of the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFP)

    For the first time in recent memory, two Israeli lawmakers are planning to attend the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump.

    MKs Yehudah Glick and Sharren Haskel, both from the ruling center-right Likud party, have confirmed their participation at Friday’s ceremony in Washington, DC.

    A delegation from the Yesha Council settlers’ umbrella group is also planning to attend the event.

    Glick grew up in Brooklyn and immigrated to Israel with his family when he was eight. He had to renounce his US citizenship when he entered the Knesset in May 2016.

    Glick told The Times of Israel that he was invited by HaYovel, an organization that brings Christian volunteers to Israel to help local farmers. “Me going has nothing to do with my political opinions. I’m going there as someone active in dialogue between American Christians and Israel,” he said. “I won’t participate in any political events.” 

    The Yesha Council is sending a delegation of top leaders and activists, including its chief foreign envoy Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi; Yossi Dagan, the head of Samaria Regional Council; and Benny Kashriel, the mayor of Ma’ale Adumim. Revivi, Dagan and Kashriel are all longtime Likud members.

  • Palestinian Authority officials cautiously welcomed news on Monday that Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, will serve as the president-elect’s Middle East peace envoy, expressing hope that he will maintain a fair balance regarding the ongoing conflict with Israel.

    “We hope that Mr. Kushner will be the US peace envoy and will be able to do what all of his predecessors have tried to do, and will finally achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Husam Zomlot, PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser for strategic affairs, told The Jerusalem Post. “This is a position that requires a firm commitment to the US’s long held policies.”

    “It’s a good sign that President-elect Trump early on appointed one of his closest people to him, his son-in-law, to take this task,” Zomlot added. “We don’t just see the glass half-empty, but also half-full. We see the commitment by President-elect Trump to intervene as early as possible and spend political capital to resolve this issue.”

  • President-elect Donald Trump (L) with son-in-law Jared Kushner during an election night party at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

    US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he intends to use his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner to try to broker an elusive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Speaking to The Times of London just days before his inauguration Trump “confirmed that he would appoint Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to broker a Middle East peace deal,” the paper said.

    Trump also urged the United Kingdom to veto any new UN Security Council resolution critical of Israel and repeated his criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of the Iran nuclear deal, The Times said.

    His comments come days after Trump named Kushner as a senior adviser in the upcoming administration, apparently skirting anti-nepotism regulations.

  • Officials pose for a group photo during the Mideast peace conference in Paris on January 15, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Bertrand GUAY)

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“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” 
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