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March 2020: Fewer visitors to Israel amid coronavirus crisis. Those who did made it include singer Lionel Ritchie; hip-hop artists Lecrae, Derek Minor, and Tony Tillman; two NFL football players training with IDF soldiers, and hundreds of American troops for joint military exercise.

February 2020: Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford with economic development missions, international investors and executives, delegates from 15 countries at industrial innovation conference, an orca whale, and a record 309,000 tourists.

January 2020: Dozens of heads of state and other world leaders for Holocaust Forum (including Britain’s Prince Charles, Spain’s King Felipe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French President Emmanuel Macron, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez, Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de SousaBulgarian President Roumen Radev, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence), U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi with six other Members of Congress, American teen sensation Jesse Underhill, Palestinian nurses from the West Bank and Gaza, 500 “Christian Birthright” college students, 28 American university professors, prominent Catholic and Anglican bishops, Austrian biker and YouTube star Fabio Wibmer, and Jordanian singer Aziz Maraka.

December 2019: Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney, 23 UN ambassadors, 11 U.S. Secretaries of State, Arizona political and trade officials, Brazilian federal deputy (and son of Brazil’s President) Eduardo Bolsonaro, WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann, international Talmud scholars, legendary film director Quentin Tarantino, UK celebrity “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, hundreds of Chinese and other international investors, 650 Christian businessmen from 40 countries, Chess World Championship players and officials, 25 pro-Israel lawmakers from 13 countries, former Trump campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, Lebanese-Swiss businessman Abdallah Chatila, Fiat heir Lapo Elkann, a record 4.55 million tourists in 2019, and dozens of sharks in the Mediterranean Sea near Hadera.

November 2019: Former Australian prime minister John Howard, a bipartisan group of Congresswomen, European Parliament members and advisers; Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie; U.S. Air Force chief David Goldfein; the governors of Rhode Island Gina Raimondo, Michigan Gretchen Whitmer, and others; head of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler; soccer superstar Lionel Messi, national soccer teams of Argentina and Uruguay, Argentinian star Lali, comedian Louis C.K., Dutch DJ and music producer Tiesto, singing quartet Il Divo; 40 fighter jets and 800 air-force crew members from U.S., Greece, Germany and Italy for joint exercises; anti-Zionist Satmar rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum; a team of American firefighters, a Cypriot police officer treated for a spinal gunshot injury, international marathon runner Nick Butter; 80 French Holocaust survivors celebrating their bar/bat mitzvah; Arab journalists from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Egypt; and a badger caught in the Israel-Syria border fence.

October 2019: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vatican diplomat Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, British billionaire businessman and Virgin Atlantic chairman Sir Richard Branson, executives from global food corporations, actor Kevin Spacey, motivational guru Tony Robbins, artists from 15 countries exhibiting at the Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, Saudi Arabia’s national soccer team (visiting the West Bank), violinist Vanessa-Mae, Sufi spiritual leader Sheikh Mehmet Adil al-Haqqani, 5,000 Christian pilgrims from 100 countries, 44 Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish children for emergency medical treatment, and 437,000 other visitors in September.

September 2019: Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, outgoing U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt, actress Demi Lovato, a delegation from the Chelsea Football Club, some 8,300 employees of major American and Mexican companies on corporate incentive trips, almost 50 high-ranking American police officers, singer Lionel Richie, British comedian John Cleese, Fox News anchor Pete Hegseth, TV food celebrity Adam Richman (and his mother), international food bloggers, oud musicians from around the world, 305,000 tourists in August, and thousands of migrating pelicans.

August 2019: 72 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives (41 Democrats and 31 Republicans, but not Reps. Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib), South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, Hessen (Germany) Minister of Digital Strategy and Development Kristina Sinemus; Greek, French, and U.S. navy forces at an international tsunami exercise; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Miss Universe pageant organizers, 21 flag football teams from 12 European countries, hundreds of teachers, sand sculpture artists, Travel Channel star Adam Richman, Instagram’s “The Dogist” photographer Elias Weiss Friedman, and a whale shark, world’s largest fish.

July 2019: President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, former U.S. senator Joe Lieberman, 35 French parliamentarians, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, leader of the Ukrainian Radical Party Oleh Lyashko, New York State Republican Committee chair Nick Langworthy, a delegation from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, journalists from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and other Arab countries, international-law experts, Hispanic-studies scholars from 40 countries, former baseball All-Star Alex Rodriguez and fiancée singer Jennifer Lopez (JLo), American rock superstars Disturbed and Bon Jovi, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, legendary Canadian-American singer Paul Anka, English singer Sir Tom Jones, Brazilian music superstar Milton Nascimento, guitar legend Slash, Colombian pop star J Balvin, English musician Jamie xx, celebrity physician Mikhail (“Dr. Mike”) Varshavski, 15 Yezidi and Christian survivors from Iraq and Iraqi Kurdish Region, 8 Rwandan children with heart disease for cardiac care, 300 female lacrosse players from 16 European countries, high school students from 78 countries at 50th International Physics Olympiad, and a record 365,000 tourists in June.

June 2019: Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, the national security advisers of the U.S. (John Bolton) and Russia (Nikolai Patrushev), New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, former UK prime minister Tony Blair, former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, governors and congress members from Brazil, Qatari electricity and water experts, French Muslim leaders, American military cadets, Ford Motor Co. chairman Bill Ford, agri-tech experts and investors from over 40 countries, 300 Palestinian farmers, American TV star Jessica Parker, actor Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”), comedians Martin Short and Reggie Watts, musician Alan Parsons, Puerto Rican “reggaeton” singer Daddy Yankee, 8 presidents and chancellors of U.S. universities and colleges, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with 15 current and former NFL players, Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson, 8,000 cybersecurity experts from 80 countries and thousands of other technology investors and entrepreneurs, 800 people from 22 countries at a disability and inclusion conference, three Kurdish children for heart treatments, a Taiwanese engineer who arrived by bike after cycling through 64 countries, thousands of grasshoppers from Syria, and a Lebanese monkey named Tachtouch.

May 2019: UN ambassadors from a dozen countries, a bipartisan delegation of U.S. mayors, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis and his cabinet (incl. agriculture commissioner Nikki Friedl); pop diva Madonna; senior Amazon officials, law professor Alan Dershowitz; international writers, including acclaimed American author Joyce Carol Oates; 277 U.S. Army veterans; New York Times “52 Places to Go” columnist Sebastian Modak; 1,000 delegates from over 45 countries at “full spectrum healthcare” biomedical conference; Sichuan (China) provincial government and industry officials; Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver; and tens of thousands of tourists from Indonesia, Malaysia, and other Muslim countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations.

April 2019: U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Ohio rabbi and Green Party presidential hopeful Dario Hunter, U.S. Coordinator for counterterrorism Nathan Sales, a Kurdish delegation from Iraq and Syria, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, “Beverly Hills 90210” stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling, Fox TV star Jude Demorest, French singer Emma Shapplin, Turkish TV stars Ozcan Deniz and Asli Enver, 52 Imperial College London students from 30 countries, hundreds of students for an autonomous-car competition, seven senior British Muslim leaders, hundreds of participants from 50 countries at Forbes Under 30 Global Women’s Summit, and hordes of black beetles.

March 2019: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Liberian President George Weah, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, U.S. trade negotiators, Hollywood TV executives, Exxon Mobile executives, thousands of investors and entrepreneurs from 180 countries (!!) for OurCrowd Summit, European investors and company representatives, Mayor of Miramar, FL (and Democratic presidential hopeful) Wayne Messam; U.S. national tour version of the hit musical “Chicago”; filmmakers and activists from Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada and the U.S.; 100 pro-Israel bloggers and social media activists, 21 State Comptrollers representing 42 countries in Europe and Asia, 4,600 athletes from 80 countries for the Jerusalem Marathon, and more than 10 million butterflies.

February 2019: Slovakian Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, United Nations ambassadors from 40 countries, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Britain’s MI6 intelligence chief Alex Younger, leaders and supporters from Canadian disability-serving organizations, Kuwaiti businessmen, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, celebrity chefs (including Jamie Oliver), about 1,000 representatives from dozens of communities around the world at Bnei Akiva 90th anniversary gala, hundreds of American officers and servicemen for a joint military exercise, and thousands of runners at the Tel Aviv marathon.

January 2019: Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko, prime minister of Romania (and current EU president) Viorica Dancila, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko (with 150 representatives from 90 Japanese companies), Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Vershinin, US national security adviser John Bolton, rock band Pink Floyd Experience, 15 local leaders from Iraq, senior officials from the United Arab Emirates (who flew directly from Abu Dhabi, over Saudi airspace), and the Russian military, seven families of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, actor/producer Jeremy Piven, actress and comedian Rosanne Barr, thousands of cybersecurity professionals from 80 countries, hundreds of judo competitors from 53 countries, 100+ competitive surfers from 26 countries, a record 4.12 million tourists in 2018, about 30,000 “medical tourists” every year.

December 2018: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini; the governor of Tucumán province of Argentina, Dr. Juan Luis Manzur; a bipartisan group of incoming members of the U.S. Congress; Canada’s Navy and Air Force chiefs; Vietnam Airlines CEO Thanh Tri Duong, Airbnb VP Chris Lehane; leading scientists from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia; reggae star Matisyahu; former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, hundreds of dance professionals from 45 countries, thousands of renewable-energy professionals, artists from 17 countries, and navy vessels from France, Italy, Spain, Britain, Greece and Canada.

November 2018: Czech President Miloš Zeman, Chad President Idriss Deby, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Czech Republic Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, British Trade Minister Liam Fox, Italy’s Deputy Foreign Minister Guglielmo Picchi, UN deputy secretary-general Patricia Espinosa, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, the governor of the Tucumán Province of Argentina Dr. Juan Luis Manzur, members of 57 parliaments (including Vietnam, Sweden, France, Hungary, Italy, Serbia and Bosnia), U.S. special envoy on Iran Brian Hook, behavioral economist Dan Ariely, delegations from 8 “digital nations,” technology executives from major British financial institutions, representatives of 11 UK universities, hundreds of cyclists raising money for pediatric hospital ALYN, elite search-and-rescue units from 6 countries, jazz musicians from 8 countries, actor Morgan Freeman, Argentinian tango dancers, folk singer Dar Williams, former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, 4,000 students from 60 countries at a mass singalong, the national soccer teams of Guatemala and Scotland, the heads of the Conference of European Rabbis, hundreds of delegates at retail-technology conference, thousands of delegates at International Homeland Security & Cyber Conference, Jordanian officials in a quest for water imports to the Hashemite Kingdom, and almost half a million tourists (!) in October.