Air Force One arrived in Israel today at around 12:20 PM. U.S. President Donald Trump’s historic visit to Israel will last about 28 hours and include many events and meetings.
Donald and Melania Trump in Israel Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
U.S. President Donald Trump’s 28-hour trip to Israel began today (Monday) when Air Force One landed at Ben-Gurion Airport at around 12:20 PM. When Trump deboarded Air Force One, he was greeted by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer.
When Trump approached Netanyahu on the red carpet, he said: “Hello, my friend.” Netanyahu responded by welcoming the U.S. president and his wife with kind words: “Welcome, my good friend.”
After the officials greeted Trump, the Israeli and American national anthems were played. Rivlin, Netanyahu and Trump then delivered short speeches before they continue to Jerusalem.
“Your visit is a symbol of an unbreakable bond between America and Israel,” Rivlin stated. “In the Middle East, an area that suffers from terrorism and madness, the partnership between the United States and Israel shines.”
“Your visit here, Mr. President, is truly historic,” Netanyahu said. “Never before has the first foreign trip of the president of the United States included a visit to Israel.” Netanyahu added that this trip is a “powerful expression” of Trump’s friendship to Israel.” Netanyahu then mentioned Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia. “Israel shares the commitment to peace that you mentioned yesterday.”
“It is wonderful to be here in Israel,” Trump said during his speech. Trump added that he plans “to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel” during his visit. “In this land so rich in history, Israel has built one of the world’s greatest civilizations.”
Trump’s entourage includes 900 people: doctors, security guards, computer experts, coordinators and senior White House officials. 20 Secret Service agents will accompany the U.S. president throughout his entire visit.