Israel Beefs up Security for Upcoming Trump Visit


More than 10,000 police officers to be deployed, the country says.

Israel will assign more than 10,000 police officers to American President Donald Trump's safety detail during Trump's visit to Israel on May 22 and 23.

President Trump's two-day Israel itinerary includes visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

The President is scheduled to travel by helicopter from Ben-Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, where he will tour the historic Old City and visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial center and museum.

Israel says that Trump will travel in a 56-vehicle convoy that includes 13 limousines. Workers are already equipping his planned suite at the King David Hotel with bulletproof glass and other security measures.

Deployed to protect the visiting President will be regular police units, counter-terrorism personnel, border police, and undercover officers. Israeli police services are being coordinated by Shin Bet, the country's internal security force. The Israeli Defense Force will work with police to ensure the American President's safety during his visits to the Masada Fortress and Bethlehem.

President Trump has said that bringing peace to Israel and the Palestines appears to be "frankly maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years." He says he believes his administration will succeed in brokering a peace deal.

Trump's campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which he repeated after being sworn in as President, complicated U.S. mediation efforts before they began. Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their own historic capital, and say that the city's status must be resolved during peace negotiations - not adjudicated in advance through a casual statement by a third party, even the President of the United States.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the administration is now thinking over Jerusalem's status.