Palestinian killed by Israeli settler in West Bank clash
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 23:21
However Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt has held a series of meetings to promote moves that could improve the economic situation of Palestinians as a way of changing conditions on the ground before a possible resumption of peace negotiations. The poll also found only a one percentage point increase in those who consider the Trump administration to be more pro-Palestinian, rising from 3% to 4%.
"The President will be warmly welcomed here as a great friend of Israel and as is customary for the leader of our greatest ally, the United States", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet. U.S. diplomats defended this because the Western Wall is in the occupied Old City.
Another poll will be taken after Trump's Israel visit.
Trump promised during his election campaign to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, whose status is one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In recent weeks, supporters of Israel who back Trump have expressed frustration with several issues connected to the president's visit, as well as a lack of clarity on whether he meant to follow through on statements he made during the campaign saying he would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
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. Just nine percent of Palestinians believe Trump's actions will lead to a renewal of the peace process.
"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... "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.
After negotiating that diplomatic minefield, Trump is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial. Trump is still planning to visit the Western Wall, and will be accompanied by the on-site rabbi, not Netanyahu.
"There's no planned announcement for the embassy on the trip", the White House official said.
"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. The information reportedly originated with Israeli intelligence and was shared with the US on the condition that it not be passed along to others, according to media reports.