Trump NSA says status of Western Wall a 'policy decision'

Posted May 18, 2017

According to Channel 2, Netanyahu's team asked the US official if the prime minister could join Trump at praying at the Western Wall.

McMaster, speaking to reporters Tuesday, declined to confirm whether the wall is part of Israel.

"This isn't your territory", one of the reps reportedly told the Israelis. "To leave open the suggestion that the sovereignty of the Kotel is attached to the West Bank is just mind-boggling to me". "We've always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel".

President Donald Trump will visit the Western Wall unaccompanied by Israeli leaders in order to emphasize the overarching message of his overseas tour: unifying the three Abrahamic religions against the common threat of terrorism.

He added that he looks forward to working with the people of Israel to do "even more to bring together the United States and Israel in every field, from culture to education, life sciences, high technology, commerce, trade, and of course military and strategic cooperation and so many other things". "And I had the opportunity to say some prayers". To not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel contradicts the Bible, history and present-day reality. But Jewish Jerusalem is not 50 years old. "It's the closest they have to praying at the Temple Mount - the holiest site in Judaism". This comes amid a report that an administration official told Israeli officials that the Western Wall is in disputed territory.

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Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, a claim that is not recognized internationally.

Mr. Trump will also visit Saudi Arabia, the Vatican, and Sicily for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation G7 meetings as part of his overseas trip.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. The White House later said the officials' statements, which sparked outrage among Israelis and U.S. Jewish groups, did not reflect U.S. policy.

The suggestion that the Western Wall became a holy site for Jews only after we retook the area in 1967 is preposterous. The Trump administration quickly disavowed the statement, but stopped short of saying the Western Wall belonged to Israel.

However, all of the pro-Israel priorities Trump has tallied up over the past several months are apparently still on the agenda.

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Since taking office in January, Trump has shown signs of shelving his campaign pledge to move the embassy from Tel Aviv, while vowing to do what is necessary to clinch a Middle East peace agreement.

The exchange, reported by Israel's Channel 2 television, is threatening to create a fierce diplomatic storm as Israel gets ready for a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump later this week.

East Jerusalem is also where the Palestinians want to place the capital of what they hope will one day be an independent state. "Now, some are anxious about what may happen next week".

An official in Netanyahu's office said on Monday that Israel has contacted Washington about the matter.

He has also advocated moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

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