Trump becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit one of Judaism’s holiest sites.
President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit and pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday.
His visit to the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest landmarks, was a powerful affirmation of his commitment to the Jewish faith, according to various CNN commentators.
According to CNN’s reporting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not attend the event in order to avoid any political implications in the visit to the disputed territory.
Trump placed a hand on the wall to pray, before placing a prayer note inside the wall.
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“It’s impressive that he’s making this gesture,” CNN’s David Rohde said.
“It’s a solemn moment for a sitting U.S. president to honor the holiest site in the world for Judaism, for Jews,” David Gregory said.
Gregory also pointed out that the move is supportive of Israel in general, given the disputed nature of the territory.
“The president is affirming the Jewish character of Jerusalem, and therefore the Jewish character of Israel,” Gregory said.
President Obama visited the Western Wall, but before he ascended to the presidency.
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