President Donald Trump is slated to visit Jewish and Christian holy sites during his upcoming trip to the Middle East, the commander-in-chief’s first international voyage since assuming office in January.
On the list of stops Trump is scheduled to make during his tour is the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where the White House said he will pray, as well as the recently renovated Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Reuters reported. The former is the holiest Jewish prayer site and the latter is the location where some Christians believe Jesus was entombed.
As Faithwire previously reported, Trump penned a handwritten note to be placed at the Western Wall when he was still a presidential candidate.
The brief note, presumably written in Trump’s own handwriting, read, “May you bless the United States, our armed forces and our allies. May your guiding hand protect and strengthen our great nation,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.
The Western Wall is the only remaining part of the Second Temple following its destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D.
Trump will leave for Saudi Arabia on Friday, after which he will travel to Israel during his Middle Eastern voyage. There are already a few high-profile events and appearances that are certain to capture international attention.
First and foremost, Trump is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem; the two world leaders are at the center of the ever-festering Middle Eastern conflict.
Trump will also deliver a speech to Muslim leaders during his time in Saudi Arabia. He’s expected to take aim at radical Islam, while touting moderation. The address will aim to be “inspiring,” yet pointed, and will take place in front of leaders from 50 Muslim and Muslim-majority nations, The Hill reported.
These specific elements are almost certain to spark a great deal of media attention.
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