Jerusalem gathering sees the first visit by an Israeli president to a Palestinian village


Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited a West Bank city over the weekend, marking the first time a sitting president has visited the Palestinian village of Qusra.

In footage captured by Palestinian media, Mr. Rivlin is seen praying in the presence of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and other leaders in a prayer room set up on a rooftop of a minaret in Qusra.

Qusra, situated between the Israeli settlement of Ariel and the West Bank town of Hebron, is the scene of frequent confrontations between Israeli settlers and Palestinians and is the site of an Israeli Supreme Court decision that protects Palestinian olive trees.

According to Reuters, Mr. Rivlin met with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah at the presidential compound for the third time on Sunday. He also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Sunday.

Mr. Rivlin’s visit to Qusra comes as President Trump’s peace plan remains shrouded in secrecy, with sources suggesting it may not be unveiled until the second half of the year. Earlier this year, Mr. Trump became the first U.S. president to visit the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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