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White House announces details of Trump’s Israel trip

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster announces details of US President Donald Trump’s foreign travel plans next week, including parts of his schedule while in Israel.

McMaster says Trump will open his trip by laying a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

“The president will then deliver remarks at the Israel museum and celebrate the unique history of Israel and of the Jewish people, while reaffirming America’s unshakeable bond with our closest ally in the Middle East,” McMaster says, not mentioning a reported speech planned to be given at Masada.

Trump will also meet with Netanyahu and, along with his wife Melania, will join the prime minister and his wife Sarah for a private dinner, McMaster says.

“The president will meet President Abbas in Bethlehem where he will convey his administration’s eagerness to facilitate an agreement that ends the conflict. And he will urge Palestinian leaders to take steps that will help lead to peace,” he adds.

Trump will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and say a prayer at the Western Wall “to highlight the need for unity among three of the world’s religions, unity in confronting a very grave threat to all of civilization, and unity in embracing an agenda of tolerance.”

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