In anticipation of the US President’s visit to Israel next week, the Israel Government Press Office is preparing for the 400 journalists from the US and around the world who will be in attendance at all major events.

400 journalists are due to arrive for Trump's visit

400 journalists are due to arrive for Trump’s visit Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) is preparing for US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel. He is expected to be accompanied by 120 American journalists and 200 foreign journalists.

Nitzan Chen, the director of the GPO, revealed that “in addition to the live broadcasts from the events the State of Israel will provide free of charge to the media, every reporter will receive access to an official app that will, for the first time, allow reporters to have a ‘personal media center’ via their smartphone devices through which they can easily broadcast to television broadcasts, blogs, Twitter or Facebook around the world with the click of a button.”

Among the major networks that have already requested access from the GPO are CNN, CBS, Fox News, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. The GPO has noted that there is a greater interest in Trump’s upcoming visit than there was for former US President Barack Obama’s 2013 visit, when only 285 journalists attended.

During his visit to Israel, the president is expected to visit Yad Vashem, the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in addition to his formal meetings with the Israeli prime minister and Israeli president. The prime minister will host the president and first lady for a special dinner along with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom serve as senior advisers to the president.

The climax of Trump’s visit is expected to be his speech at the summit of Masada, an event that will require complex logistics. Tons of equipment will need to be sent up via cable car. The event will also require extensive security planning. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a special social media campaign for the event.