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Israeli police, US secret service prepare for Trump's Jerusalem stay

Israeli and US flags fly at Ben Gurion International Airport ahead of US President Donald Trump's arrival
Dana Shraga, Israeli Ministry of Defense
Hotel suite protected against RPGs, balloons with infrared cameras, bomb-detecting robots to be used

Israeli security forces and the US Secret Service on Thursday night held a joint practice drill to prepare for the arrival of US President Donald Trump next week, a statement from Israeli police said.

Drill participants practiced protection of the convoy that is to transport Trump and his entourage between the different sites he plans to visit, including drives to the Israeli president's residence and to the Western Wall compound.

Over 10,000 police officers are to secure Trump's trip, according to NBC News.

The King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where Trump is to stay, has meanwhile promised that its presidential suite can withstand an attack with a rocket-propelled grenade. But the US is nevertheless sending reinforced glass to cover the windows.

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Sheldon Ritz, operations manager for the historic hotel, told NBC News: "The presidential suites have independent air conditioning in case of a gas attack and are built to withstand an RPG [. . .] If the whole hotel blows up the suite will come down in one piece, so maybe a few broken bones, but they will be alive."

Two buses filled with heavy equipment will be placed at the entrance to the main road to prevent explosives-filled vehicles from approaching the hotel, while balloons with infrared cameras will float above and bomb-detecting robots will crawl through the sewers beneath, according to NBC.

All food served to Trump and his family are to be certified as safe by a tester overseen by Israeli and US security officials, NBC said.

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