Press statement @WhiteHouse says 1 goals of @POTUS Israel trip is "promote the possibility of lasting peach" pic.twitter.com/HE1l2lThg8— Matthew Levitt (@Levitt_Matt) May 22, 2017
The White House could definitely use a new proofreader. (And Vad Vanshem would be a great name for a Bond villain.) pic.twitter.com/T6btvHz8KX— Andrew Silow-Carroll (@SilowCarroll) May 23, 2017
3. In Jerusalem, Trump forgets he’s in the Middle East Trump praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s trip organizing skills during a meeting in Jerusalem with Rivlin. “The secretary of state has done an incredible job. We just got back from the Middle East, we just got back from Saudi Arabia,” Trump said.But there’s a problem with that statement: Israel is in the Middle East. And just after Trump makes the statement, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, is seen running his hand through his hair — a move that some have interpreted as embarrassment on the president’s behalf. 4. Secretary of State Tillerson calls Tel Aviv the “home of Judaism”Ahead of the trip, a Trump official got in a heated argument with Israelis after claiming the Kotel was “part of the West Bank.” So en route to Israel, Tillerson evaded questions about whether the Western Wall is part of the Jewish state. However, he did make waves across the internet for another reason: He stated that Trump was on his way to “Tel Aviv, home of Judaism.”Critics, like Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, insisted that Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, is Judaism’s historical and spiritual home.
Trump's note at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel is basically just what teenagers write in each other's high school yearbooks: pic.twitter.com/BMGzOGiQrs— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) May 23, 2017
5. Netanyahu calls Melania Trump “First Wife”Yes, English isn’t Netanyahu’s first language, but the Israeli prime minister made a particularly awkward comment during an address at the Israel Museum.“You, First Wife, First Family, First Lady Melania Trump, your family and your delegation, you’ve shown a great commitment to Israel’s future and to its security,” the Israeli leader said.The sentence itself sounded strange, but the fact that Melania is actually Trump’s third wife is what made it cringe-worthy.6. The White House can’t decide if Jerusalem is in Israel, or if it recognizes “Palestine”The status of Jerusalem is the subject of a longstanding US policy debate — and it showed during Trump’s trip. In a live stream of Trump’s remarks with Netanyahu on Monday, the White House listed the meeting’s location as “Jerusalem, Israel.”But during the president’s visit to the Israel Museum on Tuesday, the live stream called the location simply “Jerusalem.” The White House also referred to Abbas as president of “Palestine” in a schedule, despite the fact that the US does not recognize a Palestinian state. It later corrected his title to president of the Palestinian Authority.
This is roughly akin to calling Houston the home of jazz. https://t.co/O2VwDYAyz0— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) May 22, 2017
7. Melania appears to slap away Trump’s handUpon arriving in Israel, Trump attempted to hold his wife’s hand — but she looked like she wasn’t having it. In a video that went viral on social media, Melania appeared to slap away her husband’s hand as the couple got off of Air Force One at Ben-Gurion Airport.The drama didn’t stop after the Trumps left Israel, either: A second video surfaced of Melania seeming to reject her husband’s hand Tuesday after landing in Rome. This may be fodder for the administration’s next misunderstanding: Is Rome the City of Love?
For those keeping track, after the @WhiteHouse referred to "Jerusalem, Israel" yesterday, we're back to just "Jerusalem." #POTUSinIsrael pic.twitter.com/H7aAgGzNGR— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) May 23, 2017
People are wondering if Melania Trump just refused to hold her husband's hand https://t.co/f3oTAAnkA1 pic.twitter.com/FmJyFGcw3i— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) May 22, 2017