Thursday, May 18, 2017

Israel Prepares for Trump Visit & Other News Out of Israel

Israel's Defense Ministry was on Thursday preparing for the arrival ceremony for US Donald Trump next week, a statement said. Hundreds of journalists and officials have been invited to the ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport, the ministry said. Israeli and US flags fly at Ben Gurion International Airport ahead of US President Donald Trump's arrival

Dana Shraga, Israeli Ministry of Defense Israel's Channel 2 News reported on Sunday that an airlift of tons of equipment for the trip had begun. Approximately thirty C-17 American planes were reportedly expected to be needed in order to transport some 56 vehicles, including 14 limousines, as well as Trump’s presidential limousine known as “The Beast.”Trump’s armored limousine, which is specially equipped to be heavily shielded from gunfire, grenades and explosive devices and to be resistant to biological and chemical attack, was reportedly to land in the days before Trump’s arrival.

Three trucks were also reportedly being transported, containing armored glass to be installed in the windows of Jerusalem’s King David hotel where Trump will be staying.

Trump will also be traveling with a large delegation from the US, numbering close to one thousand individuals. The delegation will not only include many of Trump’s White House officials, logistics personnel and security personnel but also a number of journalists.

Approximately twenty Secret Service personnel are also expected to accompany Trump as during his visit to Israel. The US Secret Service has already begun coordinating with the Israel Security Agency to make the necessary security precautions before Trump’s arrival.

Trump is slated to arrive on Monday May 22, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six Day War, which will be commemorated in Israel beginning the evening of May 23 and the day of May 24.

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Preparing from president Trump's visit next week

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A video from the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon - Move the US embassy to Jerusalem - The entire world is watching as Donald Trump visits Jerusalem on the 50th anniversary of its reunification

How Israel is responding to reports Trump may have disclosed its sensitive intelligence to Russia - The New York Times reported Tuesday that Israel was the source of the classified intelligence about the Islamic State group that President Trump allegedly divulged to Russian diplomats. What are the ramifications for relations between the U.S. and Israel if the reports are confirmed? William Brangham speaks with Ronen Bergman of Yedioth Ahronoth about the scramble to contain possible damage

Dore Gold talks defense of Israel, Trump's upcoming visit - Former policy adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu provides insight

Israeli politician: Israel not the problem in negotiations - Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid Party, speaks out on 'America's News HQ'

Analyst: Netanyahu doesn't know what to expect from Trump - Haaretz columnist Chemi Shalev provides insight

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US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman presents credentials to Israeli president

New USA Ambassador to Israel visits Western Wall. May 15, 2017.

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