Trump's upcoming visit to Israel 'truly historic,' U.S. national security adviser says
Trump will be in Israel for a total of 26 hours, during which he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and Masada, a Roman-era fortress in the Judean Desert.Trump is expected to give a speech while at Masada, described by his aides as “warm and sympathetic toward Israel and the Jewish nation, whose people never yield”. U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told a White House briefing Friday that in Israel, Trump would “reaffirm America’s unshakable bond to the Jewish state”, and in his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, Trump “will express his desire for dignity and self-determination for the Palestinians. McMaster reportedly described the trip as “truly historic”, as “no president has ever visited the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths all on one trip”. Asked whether Trump would bring Netanyahu and Abbas together in the same room during the visit, McMaster said that would be up to the prime minister and Palestinian president.