Seven memorable images from Trump's tour of Israel

Take a look at some of our top picks of iconic moments from the US president's lightning tour.

May 23, 2017 16:02
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Melania and Ivanka Trump at the Western Wall (credit: REUTERS)

Melania and Ivanka Trump at the Western Wall (credit: REUTERS)

1. Melania Trump slapping away her husband's hand

It only took a few seconds after US President Donald Trump landed in Israel for it to become apparent that this was not going to be an 'ordinary' visit by a head of state. As the First Couple walked on the tarmac next to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, locked hand in hand, Trump reached out for his wife's hand as well. She unceremoniously slapped it away and continued walking in stride.

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2. Netanyahu tries to restrain Oren Hazan


When Likud reengage Oren Hazan started embarrassing the nation by asking Trump to pose for a selfie, Netanyahu looked mortified and gave a feeble attempt at pushing Hazan's selfie hand away to no avail.

3. Trump prays at Western Wall

US President Donald Trump places a note in the stones of the Western Wall, Judaisms holiest prayer site, in Jerusalems Old City May 22, 2017. (Reuters)

Whether one considers him a buffoon or the great hope for peace, the image of a US president in silent meditation at the core of Judaism's foundation in Israel's capital city will endure, and gained Trump untold goodwill points with the right-of center Israeli public – which he will need if his peace efforts require Israeli concessions.

4. Ivanka Trump cries at Kotel

Ivanka Trump visits the Western Wall (Reuters)

As powerful as her father's image, the shot of Ivanka Trump at the Kotel with tears in her eyes resonated with viewers and provided some extra evidence that, unlike the previous administration, the Trump team identifies with Israel in its 'kishkes.'

5. Dinner for four

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, (L) greet US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Israels Ben-Gurion Airport, May 22, 2017 (AVI OHAYON - GPO)

The Netanyahus and Trumps sitting down for a formal dinner at the Prime Minister's residence was both awkward and comforting.  They all looked stiff and uncomfortable in their fancy eating clothes, which endeared them to the ordinary folk. But they probably couldn't wait for the photographers to leave so they could continue their conversation begun at the beginning of the trip about how much they all hate the media.

6. A touching commemoration at Yad Vashem

Trump commemorated the victims and survivors of the Holocaust on Tuesday during a short visit to Yad Vashem, where he laid a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance. The president rekindled the eternal flame and lay a wreath on a stone slab under which ashes from extermination camps are buried. The visit to the Holocaust memorial had caused a stir in Israel, initially unclear whether it would even take place, and then criticized for its brevity.

7. Leaving on a friendly note

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum. (Marc Israel Sellem)

Israel prepared a red carpet send-off for Trump and the presidential entourage at Ben-Gurion Airport. Trump spent a little over 24-hours in the region on the second leg of his first foreign trip as president. After arriving in Israel from Saudi Arabia, Trump was due to continue his sojourn to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican. 

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