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Friction between Trump, Israel on Western Walls grows ahead of visit

18 Mai 2017

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017.

McMaster said Trump - who is due to arrive in Israel for a 24-hour visit next week - wasn't aware where the information about ISIS threats to airliners originated or how it was gathered.

Israel captured the Old City, along with the rest of east Jerusalem, in the 1967 Mideast war. Despite the Kotel's significance in Judaism and Israel's control over a united Jerusalem, the global community-including the USA -does not officially recognize the Western Wall as part of Israel.

"Now we ask you to send a message early in your administration that the United States will indeed honor its strongest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East by respecting its capital city-Jerusalem-and immediately moving the US Embassy there".

Recently, both governments agreed that this would not be the best time to move the Embassy, and USA officials said Israel did not want to deal with the matter at present and had requested Trump delay the move. A White House spokesman later told JTA that the staffer's remarks "do not represent the position of the United States and certainly not of the president".

McMaster sidestepped questions on Tuesday about whether the Trump administration considers the Western Wall part of Israel.

Conservative Review reached out to the State Department after U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a high-ranking administration official, called for the administration to move its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It did not suggest, however, that Trump himself might disclose highly sensitive intelligence material to Russian Federation.

Some Jerusalem Consulate personnel got into a shouting match with Israeli officials. As a major supporter of right-wing Israeli-based causes for many years, Friedman finds himself defending to the right the failure of President Trump to implement the campaign promises he - and surrogate spokesmen like Friedman - made during the campaign such as moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and allowing Israel to develop its communities built on land Israel conquered in the 1967 war that the Palestinians claim as their state.

Israeli officials appear to be increasingly concerned over Trump visit, during which he is expected to attempt to revive the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Meir says Netanyahu may publicly demand the move of the embassy in order to appease his coalition and buy himself political stability. A senior partner, leader of the Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, has been vocal against a Palestinian state.

Israeli officials reacted angrily to recent reports in local media that representatives of the U.S. consulate had suggested the Western Wall in occupied East Jerusalem did not belong to Israel.

The global community regards all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as illegal and a major obstacle to Middle East peace.

He has since retreated from that pledge and is still contemplating the move.

Trump is visiting Israel next week but, according to McMaster, won't let any Israel government officials accompany him to the holiest place for Jews, the lone standing wall of the Temple.