President Donald Trump made history when he landed in the Holy Land Monday.
President Trump became the first sitting president to visit and pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site for Judaism today.
“I was deeply moved by my visit today to the Western Wall,” Trump said afterwards. “Words fail to capture the experience. It will leave an impression on me forever.”
But even before that, President Trump made history with his flight path alone from his visit in Saudi Arabia to the Jewish State. It is believed to be the first direct flight from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, to the State of Israel — mainly because Israel and Saudi Arabia don’t have formal diplomatic ties and while there are believed to be secret channels of communication between the two countries – particularly when it comes to combatting Iran – there are no direct flights between the states.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Trump with a red carpet and full-on arrival ceremony.
“We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace,” Mr. Trump said during the airport arrival ceremony before flying by helicopter to Jerusalem. “But we can only get there working together. There is no other way.”
Here is his full opening statement:
Here is video of President Trump making history as the first sitting President of the United States to visit and pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the holiest site of the Jewish faith:
After Mr. and Mrs. Netanyahu gave the Trump’s a tour of their residence, the president and Israeli prime minister held a joint press conference highlighting the historic visit: