Delegation of 25 American officials are set to arrive in Israel today to lay the groundwork ahead of next month’s visit to Israel by US President Donald Trump, who is expected to kick-start peace initiatives, and possibly address the Knesset.


Ynet News Reports:  A delegation of 25 American officials is set to arrive in Israel to lay the groundwork ahead of next month’s (May 22-23) visit to Israel by US President Donald Trump.

The delegation will arrive for a first meeting at the Foreign Ministry to coordinate the details of the visit, after which they will hold meetings at the President’s Residence and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Delegation members will also tour and examine several locations which could be included in the president’s itinerary upon his arrival.

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 9, 2016 shows President-elect Donald Trump with son-in-law Jared Kushner (R) during an election night party at a hotel in New York.
President Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (Photo: AFP)


He is expected to arrive with his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, but question marks remain over whether he will be joined by First Lady Melania Trump.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump in Washington 


The definition of the occasion—state or work—will bear significance on its character, with the former meaning that President Reuven Rivlin will be the official host, and the latter meaning that Prime Minister Netanyahu will host Trump. In the event that President Trump does ask to address the Knesset, the visit will have to be defined as a state visit.

Moreover, while a state visit would require that Trump take a tour of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, it is likely that he will be asked to visit the museum regardless of how it is defined.

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