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From Our Archives: When Ivanka Trump Visited Israel in 2008 to Scout Real Estate Property

Ivanka Trump made her first trip to Israel at 26 to scout investments

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Israel later this month as part of his first foreign trip since he entered the White House, in an effort to advance "the ultimate deal" between Israel and the Palestinians.

In 2008, Trump's daughter Ivanka visited Israel for the first time to promote a different type of deal for her father. It was the then-26-year-old businesswoman's first visit to Israel, where she scouted real estate investments. Haaretz prepared a video article about her visit at the time. 

Ultimately, Trump's real estate plans in Israel fell flat.

In 2006, land had been bought for a Trump Tower in Ramat Gan, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. The plan was to build a 70-story skyscraper bearing the Trump brand.

Technically the land was bought by a company called Crescent Heights, which entered an agreement with Trump under which he would promote the tower and get 25 percent of the profit from unit sales, as well as other commissions. In the end, Crescent sold the site to another company. In 2008 Trump sued Crescent for allegedly stiffing him by selling the land in violation of their agreement. He lost. 

Lesser-known stabs at business in Israel that went nowhere include the Trump Hotel extravaganza in Netanya and the Trump Golf Course in Ashkelon.