Vice President Pence's first stop: The Western Wall

Mike Pence asks to be taken directly to Western Wall from airport after landing in Israel.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

US Vice President Mike Pence
US Vice President Mike Pence

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem as his first stop during his upcoming visit to Israel next week.

The full itinerary of the vice president's trip will be published Thursday evening.

Pence's first visit to Israel since assuming office in January was delayed by several days in order to allow him to participate in the Senate's vote on a Republican tax bill on Sunday. He will arrive in Israel on Wednesday afternoon and, at his own request, drive straight to Jerusalem and pray at the Western Wall.

The next day he will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and then speak at a special session of the Knesset which will be held in his honor.

On Friday Pence will meet with President Reuven Rivlin and visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem before leaving for Germany.

The Palestinian Authority announced that it will boycott Pence during his visit as an act of protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Joint Arab List, a Knesset faction representing Israel's Arab population, also pledged to boycott Pence's speech to the Knesset.

In May, President Trump visited the Western Wall during his first official visit to Israel, becoming the first sitting US president to do so.