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.
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.