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Trump Rules Out Moving Israel Embassy to Jerusalem for Now, Official Says

19 Mai 2017

Ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Israel, top Christian Zionist organizations and leaders are calling on the president to fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite reports that Trump is unlikely to make the move in the near future.

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's United States director Susan Michael has issued a statement ahead of Trump's visit to Jerusalem, saying, "Considering the 24 years of attempted peace agreements by three previous presidents, it is not a good idea to continue waiting".

"I think we shouldn't overestimate how important Trump sees his deal-making ability as being a part of his persona", Strieff said.

"Abu Mazen stressed Trump's seriousness in settling the Palestinian issue" after they met in Washington this month, said the minister, referring to Abbas by his Arabic nickname.

President Trump will visit Israel on May 22 and he will visit the Western Wall and meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A Reuters photographer and other witnesses said hundreds of Palestinians had gathered near the city of Nablus to show support for Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

'And I will do whatever is necessary to facilitate the agreement, to mediate, to arbitrate anything they'd like to do, but I would be a mediator or an arbitrator or a facilitator'. Trump told a conservative Israeli news outlet in January.

On June 15, 1967, five days after the end of the war, ministers of the security cabinet discussed various options for the newly occupied territories, with then foreign minister Abba Eban describing continued Israeli rule as a potential "powder keg". "We said that the Land of Israel is ours by right", he wrote.

He does not believe the scandal will cause lasting damage to the "very intimate" security relationship between the U.S. and Israel, adding: "None of us in the Israeli intelligence community like this event but I think it can be put aside and allow Mr Trump's visit to be successful".

Netanyahu's office had not responded to requests for comment on the intelligence sharing. Any potential move by the USA would likely be viewed as provocative to Palestinians, who claim the city as the capital of a future state, and the leaders of the region's Arab nations.

The trip is Trump's first outing overseas as president and it will include the announcement of a US arms deal with Saudi Arabia, Saudi investment in USA infrastructure and the establishment of a center to combat Islamic extremism in Riyadh, the official said.

"I'm disappointed he brought a guy who rewards terrorists who murder Jews to the White House", Klein said, referring to P.A. subsidies for families of jailed and killed terrorists.

Both Israel and the Palestinians consider Jerusalem to be their capital.

Critics worry that Trump's discussion of the classified information with Russian officials could jeopardize valuable intelligence relationships between the US and foreign countries.

Trump Rules Out Moving Israel Embassy to Jerusalem for Now, Official Says