Trump's Popularity Drops in Israel After Embassy Move Delayed
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 13:03
The short clip, which is meant to promote the president's first trip overseas, highlights five destinations in four countries he's slated to visit: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy (including the Vatican) and Belgium. "On the contrary, it would advance it by correcting an historical injustice and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel".
Many in the worldwide 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.
Trump said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in March 2016 that he'd move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, "the eternal capital of the Jewish people".
When asked on "Meet the Press" about the possible move this week, Tillerson said "the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process".
When Friedman arrived in Israel this week, his first act was to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, a symbolic departure from usual protocol.
The Wall stands in the Old City in the east of Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the 1967 Middle East war. But putting the embassy west of the Green Line, in an area of Jerusalem that Israel has controlled since 1948 and that only the history-denying U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and opponents of Israel's existence refuse to acknowledge as part of Israel, would not eliminate the possibility of a Palestinian government presence in Jerusalem. Trump is still planning to visit the Western Wall, and will be accompanied by the on-site rabbi, not Netanyahu. And although Trump claims that no sources or methods were discussed, the Israelis differ.
"There's no planned announcement for the embassy on the trip", the White House official said.
"We have no demand for a settlement freeze", Friedman said in an interview with Israel Hayom. Afterwards he will head to the West Bank city of Bethlehem where he is slated to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"We were not elected to keep chairs warm", Shaked was quoted as saying, "but rather to implement clear policy, ensure that no Palestinian state is established, and ensure that the [U.S.] embassy is moved [to Jerusalem]".
After negotiating that diplomatic minefield, Trump is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial.