Shin Bet, Israel Police train ahead of Trump's visit

Three days before US President Donald Trump is due to arrive in Israel for his first state visit, the Israeli Shin Bet and Israel Police conducted a Jerusalem-wide exercise to prepare for securing Trump's convoy and large entourage. Trump's visit falls on a special week for Jerusalem, with Sunday marking the 50th anniversary of the city's reunification.
Exercise drill at the Western Wall Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson/Channel 2 News

Last night (Thursday), the Israel Police, the Shin Bet and personal security services trained and prepared for US President Donald Trump’s visit in three days.

Trump’s security operation in Israel has been named "Operation Blue Shield" and yesterday’s joint exercise focused on the various sites Trump will visit, aimed at reducing any potential risks to the high-level official and his entourage.

The exercise included practicing the Trump convoy’s drive to the President's Residence and to the Western Wall. Meanwhile, the Israel Police is continuously conducting additional exercises as part of its preparations for the visit.

Next week is going to be one of the most hectic weeks for the city of Jerusalem. On Sunday, Jerusalem celebrates the 50th anniversary of its reunification; on Monday and Tuesday, the President of the United States will visit; on Wednesday, the Jerusalem flag-dance parade will take place across two parts of the city with 60,000 religious Zionists participating; and Friday marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

Though these are just the highlights of 35 events set to take place during this coming week in Israel’s capital, the spotlight will naturally focus on Trump's visit. Over 4,000 policemen will take part in Operation Blue Shield. Though the burden of security falls on the Shin Bet, Israel Police and Secret Service, the real burden rests on the citizens, who will have to deal with Jerusalem’s busy streets being blocked off and reopened periodically throughout the coming days.

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