Trump plans to visit Masada, not Yad Vashem

In two weeks, U.S. President Donald Trump will arrive in Israel for his first visit. Trump is also expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. At the moment, his schedule does not include a visit to Yad Vashem.
Trump and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

On May 22, U.S. President Donald Trump will land in Israel for his first visit. The visit will last just two days and the apparent schedule seems to be very busy.

According to the tentative schedule, Trump will arrive at 11:00 AM. A state welcoming ceremony will be held at Ben-Gurion Airport. During the ceremony, speeches will be delivered by Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Several helicopters will then take off from the airport, transporting Trump and the delegation accompanying him to Jerusalem. However, the landing site has not yet been selected. It appears that a special landing site will be prepared in the Ein Yael area in southern Jerusalem. The other option is the landing site at the National Headquarters of the Israel Police.

Trump’s first destination in Israel will be the holiest site for the Jewish people- the Western Wall. Trump will be accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. After visiting the wall, Trump and his entourage will continue to the King David Hotel for lunch, followed by the official welcoming ceremony at Beit HaNassi, the residence of the Israeli president. At the moment, it does not appear that Trump will visit Yad Vashem but his schedule could still change. In the evening, Trump will enjoy an official dinner at Beit Aghion, the official residence of the Israeli prime minister.

The next day, Trump will fly via helicopter to Masada, where he will deliver a speech in front of hundreds of people. From Masada, Trump will return to Jerusalem and then travel by car to Bethlehem, where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. By the afternoon, Trump will return to Jerusalem and then travel back to Ben-Gurion Airport as his short visit comes to an end.

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