Trump doesn't plan to use Israel trip to announce embassy move
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 18:26
After the flap over the secretary of State's remarks, Israel's Channel 2 television news reported that during preparations for Trump's visit to the Western Wall in the Old City, a US diplomat referred to the location - one of Judaism's holiest sites - as part of the West Bank and not belonging to Israel.
Speaking to Israel Radio, Ofer Shelah, an opposition lawmaker who is a member of the parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee, said intelligence and security officials must exercise extra caution when dealing with Russian Federation because of its direct involvement in the Middle East and alliances with Israeli foes. Israel captured the Old City and the rest of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area, in a move that most of the world community does not recognize.
Israel reportedly gave the intelligence information to the United States that President Trump shared with Russian Federation officials at the White House last week.
President Trump has decided not to immediately move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a senior White House official said, breaking a campaign promise but avoiding a provocation that could drive Palestinians away from peace talks.
To the contrary, on the eve of Trump's visit to Israel next week, the administration confirmed that the embassy won't be moved anytime soon - and that Trump isn't even prepared to acknowledge that the Western Wall is part of the Jewish state.
Controversy also erupted over U.S. policy toward Israel earlier in the week over the White House's approach to the ultra-sensitive status of occupied Jerusalem. That distinction between Jerusalem and Israel reflects the US position that the city's fate is an issue for Israelis and Palestinians to work out through future peace negotiations. 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.
Several officials close to US President Donald Trump have expressed their fury over Bennett's vocal opposition to peace initiatives being promoted by Trump, saying Bennett doesn't seem to understand the sensitivity of the situation. "Very refreshing", the CBN interviewer said of his session with her.
Trump and the Gulf allies will launch a center for countering extremism that will aim to fight the long-term ideological battle to counter extremism and promote moderate Islam, the official said.
The status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel regards Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all foreign countries to base their embassies there.