The capital’s police have called up massive reinforcements and volunteers to secure Jerusalem from Jan. 20-25 when dozens of world leaders descend on the city to attend the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. They include 26 presidents, four kings and four prime ministers. The main events, the reception at Reuven Rivlin’s presidential residence and the ceremonies at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum, will be broadcast live. Traffic conditions in the city will be nightmarish.
The guest list includes US Vice President Mike Pence, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zolenskyy, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Britain’s Prince Charles, the Kings of Spain, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg as well as prime ministers and other leaders from Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Bosnia, Iceland, Armenia, Australia and, Canada.
The Polish president will not be among them following a dispute over Poland’s role in WWII.