US Ambassador to UN Publicly Declares Western Wall Belongs to Israel
- Author: Leroy Wright May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 17:23
The Trump administration is also poised to disappoint some in Israel and among his own supporters in the United States by reneging on a campaign pledge to quickly move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital, Jerusalem.
"In President Trump's world view Israel is attacked because it's a Jewish state and America was and continues to be attacked because it's a Christian nation".
The senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump remains committed to his campaign pledge to ultimately relocate the US embassy but does not plan to announce such a move while on his trip.
"The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Meet the Press, according to Reuters. "If anyone is burying the chances for its relocation, it's Bennett".
More than 10,000 Israeli police units, counterterrorism units and border police will secure President Donald Trump and his 1,000- person entourage during his visit to Israel.
"There are some who agree to make concessions in Jerusalem and in other parts of our homeland", they said.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone with President Trump on Wednesday - a conversation Fox News is told lasted about 20 minutes and focused exclusively on the president upcoming visit to Israel.
But none of this appears to be straining the U.S. -Israel alliance. "President Carter refuses to recognize that this is not a conflict between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government and this has no relationship to his negotiations between Israel and Egypt".
As president, Trump has said he'd like to try to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, calling it "the ultimate deal".
"There is a question mark about his stance concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict and I think that's the most interesting question for Israelis", he says, speaking to Newsweek by phone.
The Orthodox Union, which had complained earlier in the week about McMaster's comments, was "disappointed" in the news that Trump would not be moving the embassy now, said Nathan Diament, its Washington director.
Israel's Channel 2 reported that during a planning meeting between US and Israeli officials, the Israelis were told that Trump's visit to the Western Wall was private, Israel did not have jurisdiction in the area and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not welcome to accompany Trump there.
She added: "The issue of [relocating] the embassy is a promise he [Trump] gave to his political base there [i.e., in the U.S.], not for us".
While Israeli officials cheered Trump's election, some are now wary of the tougher line he has taken on settlements: urging restraint but not calling for a full halt to construction.
Erekat said the message to those gathered in Saudi Arabia is that ending Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem - lands Palestinians seek for their state - is key to defeating terrorism.
Those complexities of religion, history, sovereignty and peace in the Middle East were somewhat foreign to Trump as a candidate, when he scorned Obama for what he called mistreatment of Israel and said little about the Palestinians.
While Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump took office.