British soldiers dig their way through the debris in search of survivors after a blast at the King David Hotel in 1946. Fox Photos / Getty Images
Israel’s Operation “Blue Shield” will involve undercover police, special patrols, motorcycle officers, sniffer dogs and helicopters. More than 10,000 police officers will be tasked with securing his trip throughout Jerusalem, the restive holy city that both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital.
“The level of security will be at its highest,” said Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the Israeli police. “It is a top priority that there is close coordination with the U.S., making sure the visit goes exactly according to plan.”
Palestinian officials also said they were working with the U.S. on logistics, such as Trump’s crossing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
“All the roads he will be passing through will be secured and emptied of vehicles,” said Maj. Gen. Adnan Damiri, the spokesperson for the Palestinian security forces. “Armored cars and police dogs trained to detect explosive materials will be used in cooperation with American security.”
On Thursday, local media began reporting that a full-blown U.S. airlift had begun. Laden with equipment and dozens of vehicles, around 30 C-17 military planes arrived in Israel. The sprawling security operation in Israel and the West Bank underscored the longstanding tensions in the region. At the heart of the conflict is the Palestinians’ desire for an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem land captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War.
According to Israeli emergency services, some 48 Israelis have been killed and 608 wounded in attacks by individual Palestinians since August 2015 the latest bout of violence. During the same period, around 260 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and more than 18,000 wounded, according to Palestinian officials. Coordination between different countries’ security agencies will be a major priority given the size and importance of the operation, said Christopher Hagon, managing director of Florida-based security consultancy Incident Management Group.
“The more resources you have, the more someone has to organize them that would be a really big task,” said Hagon, who was a personal protection officer to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980s. “People tend to look at this stuff as basic protection that they can see, but what they don’t see is that 90 percent is underwater. And it is made more complicated by other agencies wanting this, asking for that.”
He added: “I always had concerns that if it was overkill it might jeopardize the operation.”
And there certainly will be a lot going on during Trump’s visit. The president’s entourage will include his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Trump, who professes to have an exceptionally warm relationship with Israel, will also be traveling to the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, where Christians believe Christ was born.
A banner welcoming President Donald Trump hangs on the side of a building in Jerusalem. Abir Sultan / EPA
His trip will include a visit the one of Christianity’s holiest sites, the
Trump has said he is hoping to
broker a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis, a feat that has eluded world leaders for decades.
Back at the King David, workers are preparing for Sunday when the U.S. delegation will transform the hotel into a fortress ahead of the president’s arrival the following day.
The hotel’s 233 rooms will be occupied not only by Trump and his family but also the U.S. Secret Service, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, as well as Israeli security officials, according to Ritz.
He added: “Nothing is taken for chance so Trump and his family will be very safe.”
F. Brinley Bruton reported from London.
- ^ A banner welcoming President Donald Trump hangs on the side of a building in Jerusalem. Abir Sultan / EPA His trip will include a visit the one of Christianity’s holiest sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and he will be the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in East Jerusalem. Trump has said he is hoping to broker a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis, a feat that has eluded world leaders for decades. Back at the King David, workers are preparing for Sunday when the U.S. delegation will transform the hotel into a fortress ahead of the president’s arrival the following day. The hotel’s 233 rooms will be occupied not only by Trump and his family but also the U.S. Secret Service, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, as well as Israeli security officials, according to Ritz. He added: “Nothing is taken for chance so Trump and his family will be very safe.” F. Brinley Bruton reported from London. (media4.s-nbcnews.com)
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This week in 1977 armed Islamic militants invaded three Washington, D.C. buildings and took almost 150 people hostage, radio station WTOP reminds us. During the three-day siege that took place on March 9, 10, and 11, a few weeks after Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the nation s new president, Hanafi Muslims killed two men and nonfatally wounded another. (More information on Hanafi Islam is available here.)
WHUR reporter Maurice Williams and security guard Mack Cantrell were killed. A stray shotgun pellet wounded then-D.C. Council Member Marion Barry (D) who recovered. Barry was subsequently elected mayor, sent to prison on drug charges, reelected as mayor, then reelected as a Council Member, a position he held until he died Nov. 23, 2014 at the age of 78. Then-WTOP broadcaster Jim Bohannon was on the air when he learned that terrorists had seized D.C. city hall, now called the Wilson Building, along with B nai B rith headquarters and the Islamic Center of Washington.
It quickly became apparent that these were three interconnected incidents, three hostage-takings, by a group known as Hanafi Muslims, Bohannon recounted to WTOP. The group was headed by Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, who founded the Hanafi Movement after splitting from the Nation of Islam. Years before the attack, seven members of his family had been slain at his D.C. home. During the hostage-taking he demanded that the convicted murderers be delivered to him. His group also wanted those who murdered Malcolm X to be handed over and for the premiere of a movie titled, Mohammad, Messenger of God, to be called off because they deemed it blasphemous.
Bohannon, who later became a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, said Khaalis was listening to his broadcast during the siege.
I made reference to them as apparently a black Muslim group, not realizing that the term black Muslims referred to the main body of black Muslims who were in literal war with the Hanafi Muslim sect. Khaalis called the station and demanded that Bohannon apologize on TV. Or he would, as he put it, start cutting off heads, putting them in paper bags, and tossing them out the window, Bohannon said. To save lives, Bohannon issued an apology to the group on television.
I anchored that first day the longest stint of my life continuously on air, from 10 a.m. the day it started until 7 a.m. the following morning 21 consecutive hours, he said. We should remember it because it was one of the first acts of serious domestic terrorism.
The District of Columbia government is displaying close to 40 photos from the incident at the Wilson Building blocks from the White House for the next two weeks or so.
Southern Baptists in Georgia urged government leaders to crack down on illegal immigration in a resolution during the recent annual gathering of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Messengers to the Nov. 14-15 convention gathered in Savannah, Ga., approved a statement recommended by Brad Whitt, pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, Ga., urging the federal and state government to enforce existing immigration laws.
The resolution called on the federal government to provide for the security of our nation by controlling and securing our borders, and efficiently and humanely enforcing our immigration and employment laws. It urged Congress to address seriously and swiftly the question of how to deal realistically and compassionately with the illegal immigration crisis in a way that will restore trust among the citizenry.
According to the Pew Research Center, there were 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2014. Eight million of them have jobs, accounting for 5 percent of the civilian workforce. Two-thirds of unauthorized immigrants have lived in the United Sates for at least a decade. President-elect Donald Trump has a 10-point plan on immigration which includes making Mexico pay for a wall along the southern U.S. border, ending sanctuary cities municipalities across the country that limit their cooperation with federal authorities when asked to detain undocumented immigrants and tripling the number of agents in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department, commonly referred to as ICE. Trump s plan also proposes to turn off the jobs and benefits magnet.
After winning the election, Trump said he plans to deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records immediately after his inauguration in January. The Georgia Baptist Convention resolution encouraged churches to minister compassionately to immigrants by offering English as a second language and citizenship classes and to make the most of the tremendous opportunity for evangelism, ministry and discipleship and join our Master on His mission to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10), no matter what their status. Whitt, a Ph.D. student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who holds degrees from Union University, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, made headlines in 2015 after Fort Gordon denied a request for a joint color guard at Abilene Baptist Church s Faith, Family & Freedom Celebration service held July 5.
The day s keynote speaker, Fox News personality and one-time Baptist Press reporter Todd Starnes, warned of a war on religious liberty he said is taking place in the United States, placing Christians on the verge of having their faith criminalized.
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- ^ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (www.ice.gov)
- ^ statement (www.donaldjtrump.com)
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- ^ Fox News personality fills pulpit at Southern Baptist church (baptistnews.com)