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No helicopter allowed to land at Masada, so Trump cancels visit

No helicopter allowed to land at Masada, so Trump cancels visit

Since then, authorities have banned planes or helicopters from landing at the site and visitors have had to use cable cars or walk up 100 steps to get to the top.

Trump refused to visit the ancient Israeli site because he would have to travel using a cable vehicle. We were saved the 100 steps. He's probably anxious to take a break from all the chaos and turmoil now surrounding him and his administration.

Trump's stop in Israel is part of his first foreign trip as president, which includes visits to Saudi Arabia and the Vatican, as he visits the centers of three major world religions.

President Trump is canceling a planned speech at an ancient mountain fortress in Israel, according to a new report.

"Well Masada was too hot, so we found a great spot instead for POTUS", said Eitan Weiss, deputy spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, in a tweet.

The Masada is one of Israel's most important historic sites. It is built upon a mountain overlooking the shores of the Dead Sea in southern Israel's Judean desert, some 60 miles southeast of Jerusalem, making it one of the country's archaeological wonders.

Under threat from a Roman siege at Masada, Jewish rebel defenders killed themselves rather than be captured by invading forces between 73 and 74 AD.

Israeli Air Force regulations prevent helicopters from landing at the summit.

Bush and Bill Clinton visited the mountain site on the edge of the Judean Desert by taking a helicopter to the base of the mountain and then a cable auto up to fortress, per Newsweek. "They will go up to the mountain by cable auto".

"The Americans will land in the Bar Yehuda landing strip", the director of Masada National Park, Eitan Campbell, told the Jerusalem Post prior to Trump's reported change of plans.

Trump had originally meant to give his keynote speech at Masada but the visit was cancelled.

Israeli media outlets reported that Trump had been scheduled to give his main speech on the Israeli leg of his upcoming trip overseas at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

It is expected that Trump will replace the Masada trip with a speech at the Israel Museum on Monday.

Trump will be visiting Israel and Palestinian territories on May 22 and 23 - amid reports of a "sour" relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhyahu, since last week's report that he had given the Russian foreign minister and ambassador classified information provided by Israel. US does not consider the West Bank a part of Israeli land.

The declaration sparked Israel's anger and a call from the government for an explanation from the White House, which subsequently said that this was not Trump's position.

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