Behind triumphant Trump visit to Israel, a few old tensions return
- Author: Leroy Wright May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 12:22
"The role of the Arabs is very important since basically they can back any decision-making by the Palestinians, but also send a message to the Israelis that peace is not just between Israelis and Palestinians, but can change the entire region". "It will advance the process because of the correction of the historic injustice and the smashing of the Palestinian fantasy of Jerusalem not being the capital of Israel", it said.
In office, Trump has backed away from two decades of USA commitment to a sovereign Palestinian state and given Israel wider latitude to build homes in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank free of American rebuke.
"We don't think it would be wise to do it at this time", the official said.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's depiction of his beleaguered regime as "the new Jews of the 21st century that Hitler pursued" has. Trump's pledge to change the bitter tone of the US relationship with Israel that had developed under Obama will not prevent Israel from trying to manipulate him, former USA and Israeli officials said.
Separately, the Post reported Thursday that a decision on the embassy could take place after Trump's visit.
In the interview, Trump evaded the question of whether the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem. Nevertheless, the Palestinian Authority claims the Temple Mount, where the Western Wall is located, and that Jerusalem is the capital of the nascent Palestinian state.
Earlier, Trump's team told Israeli officials that he did not want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join him on his visit to the Western Wall. The remarks were met with "astonishment" on the part of the Prime minister's office and an immediate explanation was demanded.
While U.S. law has for decades recognized that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the American embassy remains in Tel Aviv. Dr.
Moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would end the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday.
Israelis will closely watch the signals Trump sends during his two-day visit, which will include a tour of the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem, a speech at the Israel Museum and the first visit by a sitting USA president to the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites.
"For Israel, peace based on a two-state solution is in the interest of Israel", she said.
"Allowing personal views and her diplomatic responsibilities to blur further, Haley admitted to not knowing what the administration's official position is, saying "... but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that is how we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue it...
US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud gesture during a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. More than a third of Palestinians believe his administration will allow continued Israeli settlement building, escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
Abbas appears more inclined to do that, perhaps as a gesture to Trump, several analysts said.
"If there is any frustration on the Israeli side, it's probably not that this administration hasn't been on their side - but it may be that they haven't taken the next step and really put the onus on the Palestinians".