Mon, May 22, 2017: Trump visits Western Wall, becoming first sitting U.S. president to do so

President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

The historic visit is part of Trump’s efforts to highlight “the need for unity among three of the world’s great religions” on his first foreign trip, senior administration officials said. Continue reading “Mon, May 22, 2017: Trump visits Western Wall, becoming first sitting U.S. president to do so”

Mon, May 22, 2017: Trump meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, says Israel and Arabs share ‘common cause’ against Iran

President Donald Trump opened his first visit to Israel Monday, saying he sees growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a “common cause” with Israel in their determination to counter the threats posed by Iran.

Arriving directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for cooperation among U.S. allies in the Middle East. His second stop on the nine-day tour aimed to test the waters for reviving the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Continue reading “Mon, May 22, 2017: Trump meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, says Israel and Arabs share ‘common cause’ against Iran”

May 22-23, 2017: Trump in Israel: Meets with Netanyahu, visits Western Wall, visits Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Trump will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visit Jerusalem’s famed Western Wall.

A planned trip to the ancient Masada fort was scrapped after it was determined that the Marine One helicopter couldn’t land there – and the U.S. Secret Service was unwilling to put the president in a dangling cable car.

Trump does plan to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried and rose from the dead.

He will also stop to pray at the Western Wall and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial.

  • Arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv.
  • Meets with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel in Jerusalem.
  • Visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall.
  • Meets with Mr. Netanyahu of Israel.
  • The president and first lady will have dinner with Mr. Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.