The State of Israel is gearing up for US Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival. Israeli police are preparing for Palestinian riots and protests. While in Jerusalem, Pence is expected to visit the Western Wall and Yad Vashem.
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US Vice President Mike Pence is set to land in Israel on Wednesday despite the tensions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Israel Police is prepared for a “Palestinian welcoming party,” which will likely include protests and riots similar to those held over the past few days.
Pence will land in Israel after meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo. At Ben-Gurion Airport, Pence will be greeted by the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s state protocol department chief Meron Reuben, Israeli Tourism Ministry Yariv Levin, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer and American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. While Israel plans to roll out the red carpet for Pence, the official state ceremony will not take place at the airport.
From the airport, Pence will travel to Jerusalem’s King David Hotel and then to the Western Wall. On Thursday, Pence will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After meeting with Netanyahu, he will head to the Knesset. At 2:00 PM, a special Knesset session during which Pence will address the Israeli lawmakers is set to begin.
On Friday, Pence will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and visit Yad Vashem. After the museum, he will head to Ben-Gurion Airport for his departure to Germany.
Ahead of the important diplomatic visit, Netanyahu spoke about Pence’s arrival. “He is a great friend of Israel and a great friend of Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said during Sunday’s government meeting. Netanyahu then thanked Trump and his administration for defending “the truth of Israel.”