United States Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Israel in the near future, according to Army Radio. The exact date of the visit has not been announced.
Sources quoted by Army Radio suggested that Cheney might arrive in Israel for the 60th Independence Day celebrations. US President George Bush has reportedly accepted an invitation to take part in the celebrations as well. The Arab League has asked US officials to avoid the celebrations, saying that the day modern Israel officially became a state was a catastrophe (“nakba”) for Arabs.