Israeli Official: Trump's Credibility at Stake Over Embassy Pledge
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 9:01
The short video, which has since been removed, highlighted the five stops Trump is making during his eight-day trip.
"I hope this is just ignorance and not policy", Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said, referring to the video, according to Yedioth Ahronoth, an Israeli newspaper.
"The issue of the embassy is a promise he gave to his political base there, not for us".
Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to relocate the embassy, telling the pro-Israel lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016 that he wanted to "move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem".
"We don't think it would be wise to do it at the time", the official said, adding that the administration would still eventually like the embassy to move.
"We have not yet made a final decision about my visit to the Western Wall", Trump said in an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper on Thursday.
Trump was in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the first stop of the president's first global trip, at a time when his young administration is engulfed in controversy. Prime Minister Netanyahu's bold and visionary outreach to Sunni Arabs on the basis of TTP: Terror, Technology and Peace, is completely in sync with President Trump's vision of how good vs. evil will ultimately win the day.
Trump has repeatedly expressed his desire to bring about a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and claimed that coming to a peace agreement is "not as hard as people have thought over the years". Israeli leaders have remained tight-lipped about the leaks, saying only that security ties between Israel and the United States remain strong.
Commenting on the issue, Livni also hailed the two-state solution.
Trump's arrival in Israel on May 22 will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, which will be commemorated in Israel on May 23 and 24. The area, captured by Israel in 1967, is not sovereign Israeli territory and Palestinians there are not Israeli citizens and do not have the right to vote.
Still, Israeli analysts have scoffed at what they call Trump's clumsy decision to skip a visit to the fortress city of Masada, where Netanyahu had invited Trump to speak. When reporters asked him how Trump responded to the request, Netanyahu said, "I wouldn't say that he was surprised by my request, " according to Reuters.
Israeli officials appear to be growing increasingly nervous over Trump's visit, when he is expected to make an attempt at re-launching long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.
On the eve of President Trump's first overseas trip, an unfortunate dispute has emerged over the question, "whose wall is it?"
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. Erekat told The Associated Press that he is encouraged by Trump's app.
"The Western Wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in Jewish faith".