Trump calls Netanyahu amid intelligence sharing controversy
Trump had said during his campaign he would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, which would effectively recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
To the contrary, on the eve of Trump’s visit to Israel next week, the administration confirmed that the embassy won’t be moved anytime soon – and that Trump isn’t even prepared to acknowledge that the Western Wall is part of the Jewish state.
Obama’s last waiver, signed several weeks after Trump was elected on a platform promising to move the embassy immediately, is due to expire June 1. Israelis are also looking to whether the USA will acknowledge that the Western Wall, located in east Jerusalem, the future capital of a future Palestinian state, as part of Israel. And the Trump team rejected a request that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany the president on his visit to the Western Wall.
President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House, Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
WND columnist Star Parker said Trump’s upcoming trip to Israel would be a great time to fulfill Congress’ plan.
Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, issued a similar statement, saying: “Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump”.
The construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank must stop to allow prospects for a viable two-state solution, urge MEPs.
It will be part of his first trip overseas since his inauguration in January.
Emotions run hot over the status of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, considered the holiest site where Jews can pray.
A letter, liaised by the USA arm of the International Christian Embassy – Jerusalem (ICEJ), was signed by numerous evangelical leaders through the American Christian Leaders for Israel network. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the Western Wall was “clearly in Jerusalem“, stating the obvious and clarifying nothing. But the US has withheld recognition of that control until there is a deal.
Tillerson said Trump has taken a “deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of the peace initiative, what impact would such a move have”. The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, denies incitement and says that, in many cases, Israel has used excessive force in thwarting attackers armed with rudimentary weapons.
Our president believes he can unlock the door to Mideast peace.
Congress recognized Jerusalem as Israeli in 1995, but successive presidents have waived a provision in that law that requires the United States to move the embassy there from Tel Aviv.
“I spent a lot of time talking to their leaders in North Korea”, he said, adding “. what they want is reassurance that they will not be attacked”.
While at the Group of Seven summit in Sicily later in the month, Trump will hear out European leaders concerned that he might withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the official said.