After President Donald Trump appeared to slur several words during a speech on Wednesday, the White House downplayed the episode on Thursday but promised that the results of the president's next routine presidential physical will be made public.
This year's event came one day after Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and directed the State Department to prepare for moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a campaign that both he and several former had made but which has remained unimplemented.
At the White House Hanukkah party the mood was ecstatic as President Trump promised that the evening would be "all about Jerusalem". Trump's declaration sparked anger across the Muslim world. It is observed for eight nights and days. "We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond".
"Right now I'm thinking about what's going on and the love that's all over Israel and all about Jerusalem", Trump said in the White House East Room.
Israeli Army commander suspended for stealing apples from a Palestinian vendor
It said similar and simultaneous protests also were held Sunday in at least 10 provincial capitals and cities across Indonesia. Israeli warplanes bombed two targets in Gaza late on Friday after rockets were launched at its territory by Hamas.
Trump introduced Rabbi Meir Yaakov Soloveichik of Congregation Shearith Israel, America's first Jewish congregation, and presented the first of two special menorahs to be lit at the celebration.
Lawrence-Israels spent the first three years of her life hiding from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam, mere blocks from where Anne Frank was also hiding.
Soloveichik, who gave the invocation at the opening session of the 2012 Republican National Convention, thanked Trump for "recognizing what we've all always known to be true", and led the Hannukah blessings and prayers.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported on Friday that it treated approximately 767 people during the course of the second "day of rage" clashes.