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Donald Trump cancels visit to ancient Israel fortress because ‘he cannot land his helicopter’ on site


  
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Donald Trump cancelled a planned visit to the ancient fortress of Masada in Israel after he was reportedly told he could not land his helicopter on top of the Unesco-listed site.

The US President was due to give a speech at the top of the rocky plateau in the Judaean Desert but instead will deliver his address at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Initial reports said the cancellation of the trip to Masada was due to the hot weather but Israel’s Channel 2 claimed the cancellation resulted from the fact helicopters are not allowed to land on the top of Masada, networkIsrael National Newsreports.

Mr Trump’s aides were reportedly told landing a helicopter on the summit of the site, which is described by Unesco of “majestic beauty”, could damage the archaeological artefacts due to the wind movement generated.

Earlier this week, Eitan Campbell, director of Masada National Park toldThe Jerusalem Post: “The Americans will land in the Bar Yehuda landing strip. They will go up to the mountain by cable car.”

Previously both Presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton took the cable car to visit the historic site, but Mr Trump’s aides reportedly refused the invitation and cancelled the trip altogether.





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