Jewish Israelis less certain of Trump's support for their state, poll suggests
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 13:23
According to an Axios report, Adelson is downright "furious" with Tillerson over comments he made on Sunday's "Meet the Press" regarding Trump's repeated campaign promise to move the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
A nine-day tour taking in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, the Vatican and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would be a tall order for any president.
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem-USA Director Susan Michael expressed her concern that Trump was being advised to delay the efforts to move the Embassy and make it instead as part of the peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis.
Trump and Netanyahu spoke on the phone but according to Israeli sources, the conversation had to do with just Trump's upcoming trip to Israel, which is still on.
Perhaps the most sensitive is what Trump ends up saying - or not saying - about a promise he made during the election campaign to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In the meantime, Trump has appointed as his envoy to Israel David Friedman, a devout Jew who insists the embassy must be moved and plans to work out of Jerusalem some days of the week. While Israel thinks of Jerusalem as its capital, the worldwide community does not honor this claim.
Many in the global community do not consider any part of Jerusalem to be part of Israel, arguing that the city's status must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
The exercise included practicing the Trump convoy's drive to the President's Residence and to the Western Wall.
Trump campaigned on a pledge to move the embassy, but has retreated from it since assuming office.
"There's no planned announcement for the embassy on the trip", the White House official said.
After negotiating that diplomatic minefield, Trump is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial.
Yet in an interview with Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu paper, Trump said his plans "could still change" and suggested he might ask Netanyahu to join him, a last-minute move that would please Netanyahu but anger the Palestinians. Afterwards he will head to the West Bank city of Bethlehem where he is slated to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Sadly, every U.S. President since then has taken advantage of a provision in the law allowing its requirements to be waived for six months if 'necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.' Such suspensions have been repeated semi-annually for two decades, and it is time to end America's doublespeak", the letter stated.