Armored Hotel Suite To Be Used for President’s Visit to Israel

May 21, 2017

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When the President arrives in Jerusalem on Monday, he will be housed in an armored presidential suite designed to fend off bombs, poison gas, bullets and even the collapse of the entire building.

According to NBC News, the suite at the King David Hotel, which normally runs about $5,700 per night, is built to withstand multiple security threats, such as a gas attack or an assault by rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). Sheldon Ritz, operations manager for the King David, told NBC that “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.”

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The lobby of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

Trump and his 1,000-person entourage — including Secret Service and other US and Israeli security personnel — will take over the entire 233-room, 5-star hotel, which originally opened in 1931 and overlooks the Old City and Mount Zion. The hotel will become a fortress with the highest level of security employed during the President’s stay, according to the Israeli police. Balloons with infrared cameras will monitor the site from above, while robots will roam the sewers beneath it scanning for explosives. Even the President’s meals will be rigorously inspected by a food tester supervised by both US and Israeli security forces.

The rest of Jerusalem itself will also be on high alert, with over 10,000 Israeli police officers securing the city. Roads where the President is expected to travel will be completely emptied, and armored cars and bomb-sniffing dogs will be employed throughout the area.

But the King David Hotel, which was bombed by terrorists in 1946, is one of the linchpins to the President’s security. The hotel is part of the Dan Hotels chain of 14 properties in Israel and often hosts high-profile heads of state, so the hotel’s staff is accustomed to dealing with top-level security precautions. “Nothing is taken for chance so Trump and his family will be very safe,” Ritz told NBC.

H/T: NBC News

Featured image courtesy of Danny Lyulev/Wikimedia Commons.

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