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

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

A USA official said the information, about an IS threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from Israel, and there were concerns that a valuable Israeli asset could be in danger.

President Donald Trump will not use his overseas trip to make an announcement that the United States Embassy in Israel is moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a senior administration official told ABC News.

According to Channel 2 News, some of Trump's closest officials sounded frustrated and furious with Bennett when speaking to their Israeli counterparts.

'We don't think it would be wise to do it at this time, ' the official was reported as saying. "If anyone is burying the chances for its relocation, it's Bennett".

The longstanding USA stance is that the site is in Jerusalem, full stop. Israeli officials were furious and demanded an explanation from the White House, which later clarified that the diplomat's comments do not reflect official policy. "Bennett will continue to speak out against it". He is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday, to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The relocation is strongly opposed by many USA allies given that Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as their capital.

The divided city of Jerusalem, where Donald Trump was planning to move the USA embassy to Israel.

President Trump said he will reaffirm the U.S.'s "unbreakable alliance with the Jewish state" while in Israel. When reporters asked him how Trump responded to the request, Netanyahu said, "I wouldn't say that he was surprised by my request, " according to Reuters. That distinction - Jerusalem, not Israel - reflects the US position that the city's fate is an issue for Israelis and Palestinians to work out through future peace negotiations.

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

"The United States should announce its firm decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move its embassy there in the weeks before Israel marks the 50th anniversary of a reunited Jerusalem", the ICEJ paper stated.

A number of Republican congressmen at the event alluded to McMaster's refusal to name the Western Wall as Israeli territory and called for moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

More than a third of Palestinians believe his administration will allow continued Israeli settlement building, escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

Whatever else ensues from this latest freakish Trumpian controversy, it highlights the fact that the relationship between the U.S. and the Jewish state shouldn't be seen - as Israel's critics and foes often seek to portray it - as a case of the latter exploiting or manipulating the former against its best interests.

On top of this, Trump "burned our hands, he's going first to Saudi Arabia" instead of Israel, the USA key military and diplomatic ally in the Middle East, Diskin says.

Trump promised during his election campaign to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, whose status is one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Among those on hand were Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House minority whip.

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