NRB Urges US Embassy Move to Jerusalem
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 2:47
President Donald Trump will not use his upcoming trip to Israel to announce plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim, although he still ultimately wants to take that step, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem-USA Director Susan Michael expressed her concern that Trump was being advised to delay the efforts to move the Embassy and make it instead as part of the peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis.
Trump will be visiting Israel on May 22 to 23, just after his stop in Saudi Arabia and his trip to the Vatican.
Ben-Dahan argued that the United States administration officials who had placed pressure on Trump regarding the embassy and the administration's position on Jerusalem were remnants of the Obama administration, which had adopted a clear pro-Palestinian stance.
Palestinian factions in the West Bank are calling for "A Day of Rage" to coincide with US President Donald Trump's visit to Bethlehem on Tuesday, where he is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. In January, 79 percent of respondents in a similar poll had said this about Trump, who is scheduled to visit Israel on Monday as part of his first presidential trip overseas. The UN Security Council Resolution 242 also calls for Israel to withdraw from all territories the Jewish State captured in the Six Day War, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
The US president's visit also comes after Trump's provision to the Russians of intelligence Israel gave the US in secret, to the outrage of Israeli intelligence officials. Israel, created in 1948, annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.
As a result, the U.S. State Department turned down a request for Netanyahu to accompany Trump and his family when they visit the site on Monday.
How can Trump expect to satisfy a Palestinian demand that the "right of return" be granted to the descendants of Palestinians who once lived in Israel?
"It's an issue that's had serious consideration". That diplomacy may fail, and even if it succeeds it will take years to complete.
HALEY: "I don't know what the policy of the administration is, but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that that is how, you know, we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue it".
"The error was unintentional, and when it was discovered it was immediately removed", according to one senior administration official who spoke to the Free Beacon about the situation.
The US government has long viewed the Western Wall, or so-called Wailing Wall, as belonging to Jerusalem, a key distinction in the US approach to the issue since the formation of Israel in 1948.
That stunned the Palestinians but delighted Netanyahu, who heads a right-wing coalition with pro-settler parties that strongly oppose a Palestinian state. As the nation's envoy to the United Nations, her public comments on foreign policy issues generally are assumed to be statements of US policy. Drawing a contrast with Tillerson and breaking rank with the White House, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on May 17 that Israel's capital city "should be Jerusalem", and that "the [US] embassy should be moved to Jerusalem".