Trump visit seen as long shot to revive Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking

The Wall stands in the Old City in the east of Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the 1967 Middle East war. On Tuesday, a US official sparked a diplomatic spat when he reportedly told Israeli officials that Netanyahu should not accompany Trump on a visit to the Western Wall because it is not under Israeli jurisdiction.

The longstanding US stance is that the site is in Jerusalem, full stop.

The new U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman presented his diplomatic credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a ceremony held on Tuesday at the President's Residence in Jerusalem.

In another jolt to Netanyahu and his allies, senior administration officials said on Wednesday that Trump had ruled out any immediate relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, a campaign promise that had pleased Israelis but if implemented would upend decades of USA policy and make it all but impossible for the Palestinians to re-enter talks.

President Trump will visit five different countries over the course of nine days.

Channel 2 TV said one American official told the Israelis the site is "not your territory" but part of the occupied West Bank.

Many voices have warned that such a move will spell disaster to the continuing peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

"We don't think it would be wise to do it at this time", the official said.

When asked on "Meet the Press" about the possible move this week, Tillerson said "the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process". 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.

"I think this stems from a comment that was made yesterday and which was not the policy of the United States", Spicer said.

Meeting Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office last week, Trump shared intelligence about an Islamic State threat involving laptops carried on airplanes, according to a senior US official who wasn't authorized to talk about the sensitive material and spoke on condition of anonymity. Both individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to relay the sentiments they gleaned from conversations with current intelligence officials.

The Western Wall was part of the retaining wall around the biblical Jewish temple complex that once sat on what Jews call the Temple Mount. "Now is the time to honor our friend and fully recognize Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital of Israel", said Michael in a statement, according to The Daily Caller.

The reality, however, is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long ceased to be a top priority for the Arab and Gulf states, which are today more concerned with a nuclear Iran and rampaging ISIS than about what is or isn't Israel's capital - or even the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for that matter. It is widely assumed that Israel would retain control over the site under a potential peace deal. His platform made no mention of a Palestinian state, and he embraced West Bank settler leaders, who had been ostracized by the Obama administration.

The divided city of Jerusalem, where Donald Trump was planning to move the United States embassy to Israel. "The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem delivered a strategy paper to President Trump, which includes my organization CURE as a signatory, urging him to move the embassy to Jerusalem".

She said Trump's resolve to move forward with the move would exhibit not only good foreign policy - but work in the interest of Israel's and America's national security.

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