Top House Republican criticizes McMaster's remarks on Western Wall location

He will also visit Brussels and the Vatican after leaving the Mideast. In 1980, Israel declared "reunited" Jerusalem its capital in a move unrecognized by major states. We had a wide ranging discussion about Russia, Israel, North Korea, Christian Persecution and much more.

"The Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that is how we have always seen it and that is how we should pursue it", Haley told the Christian Broadcasting Network in a video interview.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu challenged US concerns over moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, in what Haaretz newspaper called his "first public dispute" with the Trump administration. The report said the Americans rebuffed the request, with one official telling the Israelis the site is "not your territory".

DeSantis further rejected threats from the Palestinian authority in his comments to Breitbart's Aaron Klein. There are many reasons why he might have failed to keep his promise so far - maintaining alliances with Muslim countries, fears of Palestinian rioting, wanting to use the issue as a sweetener in peace negotiations - but a big one is that the move would implicitly recognize Israel's claim to any part of Jerusalem, undoing generations of American foreign policy consensus.

Asked during a briefing Tuesday to clarify the administration's position on the Western Wall, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the reported comments do not reflect US policy.

Trump's national security adviser sidestepped questions about whether Jerusalem's Western Wall is part of Israel, saying it "sounds like a policy decision".

"We wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the "Kotel HaMaaravi", the Western Wall, straight from the airport", Friedman told reporters. Separately, an administration official refused to do so in a statement to Conservative Review, declaring that Jerusalem was up for grabs as a "final status issue". "I prayed for the president, I wished him success especially on his upcoming trip".

The debate over whether the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, is part of Israel has boiled over this week. But while most of the world believes Israel to be illegally occupying the West Bank, the questions of both East and West Jerusalem were murkier, because the world continued to believe that the city should be worldwide and wasn't rightfully Israeli, Jordanian or Palestinian. But the global community never recognized either state's claim to any part of Jerusalem, instead saying that the entirety of the holy city should still be internationalized.

McMaster's brief comment appeared to be consistent with long-standing United States policy that the status of Jerusalem is an issue to be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. "I hope H.R. McMaster will retract his remarks swiftly", he added.

"Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel", Sen.

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