Leading up to Trump's scheduled visit to Israel, officials there reportedly got into a yelling match with a senior member of the USA delegation for the trip who had told them that the Western Wall "is not your territory, it's part of the West Bank".
Trump has provided two very distinct perspectives when it comes to foreign policy: One who sees Americans are being taken "advantage of", wants to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and views North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as obsolete.
There is no real impediment precluding Trump's recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. It has been, is, and shall remain the capital of Israel.
Staver, who also serves as president of Christians in Defense of Israel, maintains that the symbolic move reinforces the global community's acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's rightful capital.
A huge security operation has been launched that aims to envelop the president and his 1,000-person entourage during his visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem next week. "Refusal to recognize Jerusalem is anti-Semitic". He's even said, quote, "maybe it's not as hard as people have thought over the years". This is where the process of reconciliation must begin, and Trump can make a significant contribution to peace if he can persuade both sides to begin such a process to alleviate the three impediments.
I personally do not believe that Netanyahu will allow the creation of a Palestinian state under his watch, nor would Abbas be able to make the necessary concessions and survive politically, nor would Trump's "magical negotiating skills" produce any significant breakthrough. "On the contrary, it would advance it by correcting an historical injustice and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel". What specifically do you want. "Many of our constituents cast their vote for you due to this commitment, '" the letter stated, according to WND.
President Donald Trump's maiden global trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test overseas for the chaos-courting president.
Israel also had the promise that Mr. Trump would finally fulfill that which every previous administration had failed to complete: moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump remains committed to an embassy move and could reaffirm that without specifying a timeframe, one official said.
The visit will be a significant foreign policy test for Trump, who has yet to demonstrate a firm grasp of the nuances of Middle East diplomacy. Asked if he understood what Trump's Middle East policy was, one senior official replied: "I'm not entirely sure they know what it is". Trump is popular with Israelis, where he's seen as a strong man despite his less than coherent stance on the complex issues affecting the region. But Mattis, McMaster, and Tillerson, who hold the beltway establishment view that it is best not to rock the boat, do not represent the people who elected Donald Trump president. Only then will they view one another as partners worthy of being trusted, which is fundamental to the resumption of peace negotiations with the confidence that they would succeed. Abbas' term expired January 2009, and Hamas took over Gaza in June 2007. However does anyone recognise the vast irony of the leader of the free world meeting in a country which suppresses the rights of women, promotes a most extreme form of Islam and forbids any religion other than Islam from openly being practiced in the kingdom?
Will President Trump and his advisers be able to discern the real problem facing us, namely the rejection of a valid Jewish presence, or will they be seduced by the same sort of disinformation and endemic bias which has characterised the global community's attitudes for the last seventy years or more? Is not going to move the embassy. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would only enhance these efforts. This is not as complex a decision as some argue.
In the meantime, Trump has appointed as his envoy to Israel David Friedman, a devout Jew who insists the embassy must be moved and plans to work out of Jerusalem some days of the week.
Reps. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., and Francis Rooney, R-Fla., marked the celebration by introducing a nonbinding resolution celebrating Israel's capture of the eastern portions of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in 1967.
Signatories of the ACLI letter include Dr.
The general consensus in Israel, on the left and the right, is that conditions are not now ripe for a peace deal. He chalked it up to "an absence of leadership even more from the United States in being a champion of human rights". Netanyahu has many other, varied options, however, and has had for a long time.
Michael Oren is a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. He serves now in the Netanyahu government as deputy minister for diplomacy.
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