Trump Cancels Masada Trip Because He's Not Allowed To Land his Hilicopter

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President Donald Trump won't be visiting Masada during his visit to Israel because authorities won't let him land his helicopter on the summit for a speech near the ancient mountain fortress overlooking the Dead Sea.

The Trump administration announced plans for the president to deliver a speech at Masada early this month.

Israeli Air Force (IAF) banned planes or helicopters from landing at the ancient site, forcing visitors to use cable cars or walk up 100 steps to get to the top.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both made the trip to Masada by landing helicopters nearby and traveling to the summit by cable vehicle, according to Newsweek.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment, referring any matters involving Trump's schedule to the USA government.

Helicopters were once allowed to land on the monument, but the rules were changed in the 1990s, because dust clouds stirred up by helicopter landings damaged the fortress and artifacts, the Jerusalem Post reported. It is also listed as the World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Masada helicopter A US presidential helicopter flies over the Judean desert on the way to the hilltop fortress of Masada on May 15, 2008. He will pay a brief visit to Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum. The fortress became a symbol of Jewish heroism after dozens of Jews there chose to kill themselves, 960 in total, rather than surrender to the Romans in 70 AD.

The former president and Netanyahu had a fraught relationship during his term because of stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Initial reports indicated that the reason for the cancellation was the hot weather at Masada. The Dead Sea Scrolls make an important setting'.

Another Twitter user joked: "Trump is going to move the US embassy to Masada", referencing the consideration the president is giving to moving Washington's diplomatic representation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Masada An aerial photo taken on May 13, 2008 shows the ancient hilltop fortress of Masada in the Judean desert. The move angered Israel and officials asked the White House for an explanation.

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