In light of security concerns: Obama to travel to Peres’ funeral via motorcade, not helicopter

Air Force One is expected to land in Israel tomorrow at around 8:20 AM. In light of security concerns, it was decided that U.S. President Barack Obama and his entourage will travel to Jerusalem via motorcade on Highway 1.
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The Israeli security forces started to prepare today (Thursday) for the arrival of the many world leaders who plan to attend Shimon Peres’ funeral tomorrow. Contrary to the original plan, Highway 1 will be closed tomorrow morning and afternoon in both directions in order to accommodate U.S. President Barack Obama’s motorcade. According to the original plan, Obama was supposed to fly to Jerusalem via helicopter from Ben Gurion Airport. However, in light of security concerns, it was decided that Obama and his entourage will travel to Jerusalem via Highway 1.

As reported earlier by JOL, 7,000 police officers will secure Peres’ funeral. Highway 1 will be closed in both directions between the hours of 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM and again between the hours of 12:30 PM and 14:00 PM.

In addition, east-bound traffic on Israel’s main highway that connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv will be closed periodically in order to accommodate the motorcades of other world leaders.


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