White House Shies Away From Acknowledging Western Wall Part of Israel

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17 May, 2017

Friedman thanked Trump for appointing him to the job and said that "the president has chosen Israel as a site for his first global visit this coming week".

Hier restated his conviction that the policy confusion on Jerusalem would end soon after Trump lands in Israel.

Spicer said the wall's status would be discussed during the president's upcoming trip next week to Israel.

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's post-inaugural visit to the white House, however, Trump preached restraint regarding settlement expansion and talk of moving the embassy was quickly relegated to the back burner. "It is a private visit by the president, and it's not your business".

Israel captured the Old City and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it to the rest of the city - a move the global community does not recognize.

"This isn't your territory".

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967. "It's clearly in Jerusalem".

"These comments were not authorized by the White House". He said, "That sounds like a policy decision".

"The Western Wall is not in your territory", the official reportedly said. Then, on May 3, Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, was hosted at the White House.

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Trump will be in Israel next week on the first foreign trip since his inauguration - and speculation has mounted he would make an announcement on the embassy's move during the visit.

Trump's controversial new ambassador also presented his credentials to the Israeli president at a ceremony in Jerusalem.

David Friedman, right, speaks with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler during his Monday visit to the Western Wall. Friedman departed from diplomatic protocol upon his arrival on Monday by visiting the wall - a highly unusual move for a new envoy.

During the campaign, Trump vowed to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

McMaster's brief comment appeared to be consistent with long-standing United States policy that the status of Jerusalem is an issue to be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

He has also advocated moving the embassy to Jerusalem. The global community doesn't recognize Israeli's claim of dominion over the eastern part of the city.

A senior member of the US delegation helping to prepare President Donald Trump's visit to Israel next week denied a request that would have allowed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit the Western Wall alongside Trump, saying that "it's not your territory".

Ahead of President Donald Trump's first overseas trip, the White House got caught up in an worldwide spat with a major ally this week.

The Western Wall, in east Jerusalem's Old City, is the remnant of the ancient temple, destroyed more than 2,000 years ago.


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