Police open 'Obama visit situation room'

US president to traverse Israel in helicopter, armored, blast-proof limousine nicknamed “the Beast.”

March 17, 2013 15:57
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Senator Barack Obama is escorted by an Israeli police officer in Sderot July 23, 2008

Obama in Israel 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Israel Police on Sunday opened operations at the situation room they will be running during US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit this week.

The situation room is housed at National Police Headquarters in Jerusalem, and will include representatives of the national police and traffic police, as well as receptionists on call to take queries from the public about road closures and other issues associated with the presidential visit. The receptionists will answer calls around the clock beginning on Sunday, at 1-700-553-100.

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Obama is due to arrive on Wednesday at Ben-Gurion Airport and will fly from there to Jerusalem by way of his own helicopter. Passengers should still expect gridlock on Highway 1 and within Jerusalem, as the president’s motorcade, carrying his entourage of hundreds – as well as a ring of Israeli security personnel – makes its way to Jerusalem and crosses the capital.

On the roads, Obama will travel within one of two of his armored, blast-proof limousines, nicknamed “the Beast,” and be flanked by US Secret Service personnel and officers from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

Around 5,000 Israeli police officers will take part in securing each day of the visit.

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