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Why Does Trump Want to Address Israel at Masada?

The famous fortress is about pageantry, and specifically the pageantry of the underdog.
Source: Kieran Doherty / Reuters

When Donald Trump travels to Israel later this month as part of his first foreign trip, he plans to give his main speech at Masada, a hilltop fortress soaked with bloody symbolism.

It looks like a strange choice. Trump’s trip is theoretically about combatting religious extremism, but the historic event that made Masada famous—960 Jewish rebels chose to commit mass suicide there in the first century rather than die at the hands of the Roman Empire—was arguably

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