On Israel Visit, Trump Will Deliver Speech at Masada, Ancient Site of Jewish Resistance

ed note–that Trump would pick this place, of all places in the Jewish state–not Yad Vashem, not the Whining Wall–to give his speech is quite significant in and of itself, in addition to that section of his statement concerning going to ‘the place that my cardinals love very much, Rome’. More than just a little pregnant with symbolism, it resembles Putin’s recent ‘gift’ to Netanyahu of the book ‘The Jewish Wars’ by Josephus which detailed how Judea was destroyed by Rome and how–as Josephus described it–the Jews got what they deserved for not understanding how suicidal it was to pick a fight with the most powerful empire in the world in the belief that the god of Israel would ensure her victory. Yes, all can rest assured that Trump will go there and speak glowingly of Israel as ‘America’s greatest ally’ and how she is a ‘beacon of hope’ and all the rest, but he can also be expected to warn of the need for a shift in the status quo viz a viz the creation of Palestinian state and how Pax Americana can only continue to exist if Israel abandons the entire ‘Greater Israel’ nonsense, although all can rest assured he will not use that specific terminology.

Breaking Israel News

President Donald Trump said he will visit Israel as part of his first foreign trip as commander-in-chief.

“I am proud to make a major and historic announcement this morning, and to share with you that my first foreign trip as president of the United States will be to Saudi Arabia, then Israel and then to a place that my cardinals love very much, Rome,” Trump said Thursday during a White House ceremony.

The Israel portion of Trump’s trip is expected to take place May 22-23. Members of Trump’s preparatory team, who have visited Israel to plan the president’s itinerary, indicated he will deliver his main speech at the historic landmark of Masada, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry held a meeting Thursday morning to plan for Trump’s visit. A senior Foreign Ministry official said Trump will also visit the Palestinian Authority (PA) during his trip and will travel to Bethlehem, where he will likely meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the Church of the Nativity.

The announcement of Trump’s first foreign trip comes after his meeting with Abbas at the White House Wednesday, when the U.S. president stated he wishes to serve as a “mediator, arbiter or facilitator” in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The stated purpose of Trump’s trip to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican is to unite the region against intolerance, curtail radicalization, coordinate efforts to defeat the Islamic State terror group and isolate Iran. The president’s stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia come as those two nations, in the absence of official diplomatic ties, have increasingly aligning interests due to shared concern over Iran’s nuclear threat and sponsorship of terrorism.

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