Published On: Sun, May 21st, 2017

Trump’s Visit to Include Speech, Private Visit to Jerusalem Holy Sites

The US president will arrive in Israel for a one-day visit on Monday, including dinner at the Prime Minister's Residence. Trump will meet Abbas on Tuesday.

 

 

US President Donald Trump will land in Israel on Monday at noon for a busy one-day visit that will include meetings with Israel’s leadership, a speech at the Israel Museum and a private visit to the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Air Force One, arriving straight from the US president’s visit to Saudi Arabia, will land at 12:15 pm at Ben-Gurion International Airport, where Trump will be welcomed in a state ceremony by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and other dignitaries.

Trump will walk the red carpet and review an honor guard. Then, after the Israeli and American national anthems are played, Trump, Rivlin and Netanyahu will make short speeches.

The American delegation initially wanted to skip the ceremony in the hot midday sun and fly the president straight to Jerusalem immediately upon landing, but Israel insisted. In an effort to keep the ceremony short, Trump will not be shaking hands with dignitaries after the speeches at the airport.

Trump will then board Marine One and fly to Jerusalem, where the helicopter will land at a specially prepared landing pad at The First Station cultural complex.

Trump and First Lady Melania will then head straight to the President’s Residence, where they will be welcomed by President Rivlin and his wife Nechama. After the American president signs the guest book, the two leaders will hold a private meeting following which they will make statements to the press.

Rivlin and his wife will then take Trump and the first lady to the garden at the President’s Residence, where an almond tree was planted to mark the visit. A sign near the tree bears a quote in Hebrew, English and Arabic from the Song of Ascents in the Book of Psalms: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.'”

From the President’s Residence, Trump will head to the Old City for a private visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He will then visit the Western Wall, where he will be accompanied by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch and joined by First Lady Melania and daughter Ivanka.

Israel has asked the American delegation to allow Prime Minister Netanyahu to accompany Trump on his visit to the Western Wall, but the request has been declined.

 

After the visit to the Western Wall, Trump will head to the King David Hotel, where he will be staying during his visit, while First Lady Melania will join Prime Minister Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, on a visit to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Karem. They will talk with the medical staff and meet with children in the play area for a joint artistic activity.

At 6 pm, Trump will meet in private with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the King David Hotel, following which their teams will join the meeting.

At 7:15 pm, Trump, Netanyahu and their wives will travel to the Prime Minister’s Residence for dinner, which will be cooked by Israeli chef Moshe Segev. Singer Shiri Maimon will perform two songs, one of them being the Frank Sinatra version of “New York, New York.”

During the dinner, Prime Minister Netanyahu is planning on presenting Trump with a beautiful Bible book.

Following the dinner, the two leaders will give statements to the press but will not respond to questions.

While President Trump and First Lady Melania dine at the Prime Minister’s Residence, the rest of the American delegation—including daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis—will dine at the King David Hotel with their Israeli hosts, including Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, other government ministers, and senior Foreign Ministry officials.

On Tuesday, Trump will arrive in Bethlehem for a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

At 1 pm, he will hold a short 15-minutes-long visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where he will lay a wreath, write in the guest book and make a short statement to the press.

Trump will then head to the Israel Museum, where he will make a speech to conclude his visit. In his speech, Trump is expected to present his vision for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, and express his support to the people of Israel.

At 3:40 pm, Trump will leave Israel for his next destination, Rome.

By Ynet News

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