Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?
- Author: Adam Floyd May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 4:41
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, but some senior officials in Washington have reportedly advised against it, saying it would be "harmful to the peace process and carry broader regional risks".
According to Channel 2 News, some of Trump's closest officials sounded frustrated and furious with Bennett when speaking to their Israeli counterparts.
Avraham Diskin, political science professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, blames the decrease on suspicions about Trump's moves regarding the conflict with the Palestinians.
"There's no planned announcement for the embassy on the trip", the White House official said.
Even if Trump's on-the-ground engagement may be premature, some experts say he can be expected to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders for conciliatory words if not gestures - and the two sides may struggle to accommodate him. "Bennett will continue to speak out against it".
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"I am not real sure what happened with that issue", she added.
"Right now there are no plans to do anything in that regard", the official said.
One possible factor: the absence of a firm decision as to whether he will move the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised. That policy, that "the Western Wall is in Jerusalem", hasn't changed, a State Department official said following Haley's comments.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that Trump is "being very careful" about the decision. The Palestinians see it as the capital of a future independent state. 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.
Congress mandated the move in 1995 under the Jerusalem Embassy Act, but successive presidents have used a six-month waiver to perpetually stave off the relocation on national security grounds.
While welcoming Trump's efforts and committing themselves to work with him, some Palestinian officials remain wary that he has yet to publicly back a two-state solution, the longtime bedrock of US and worldwide policy. Palestinian aides have prepared a presentation created to show the president and his entourage how the PA rehabilitated the areas under its control since the end of the second intifada against Israel in 2005.