Trump to visit Jewish, Christian holy sites in Jerusalem

Claudine Rigal
Mai 18, 2017

"I don't know what the policy of the administration is, but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel, and I think that that's how we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue it", Haley said. The Trump advisor also told reporters that there were a lot of important issues being discussed during the meeting, and the conversation about ISIS was but a small part of the discussions.

"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", Dermer said.

Speaking at a pre-election rally in October in support of Trump on Jerusalem's Mount Zion, Friedman said Trump would fire U.S. state department "lifers" who refused to move the embassy.

The White House clarified on Monday night that the comment did not reflect "the position of the administration".

The U.S. official told AP that Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made forcefully clear that the Western Wall in Jerusalem belongs to Israel.

Concern in Israel about the administration's stance on Jerusalem has been intensifying over the past day, after reports emerged of a stand-up row between American and Israeli officials planning Trump's visit, during which David Berns, the political counselor at the US Consulate in Jerusalem, is alleged to have shouted at his Israeli counterpart that the Western Wall was "part of the West Bank". Jewish-American Friedman, a strong supporter of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank, entered the residence with a marching band playing.

"I'm happy to welcome you and your dear wife to Israel, to Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, and I'm welcoming you, not only as the President of Israel, but also as a Jerusalemite - seventh generation". The time the United States will put an end to the unjust and immoral absurdity - and I am convinced that if it does so, within a few years most of the embassies will follow makes sense that this is our eternal and real capital for more than 3,000 years.

Still, the White House has not expressly denied that classified information was disclosed in the Oval Office meeting between Trump and Russian diplomats last week.

Rivlin called on the "whole world to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel".

"The president has chosen Israel as the site for his first worldwide visit this coming week".

Netanyahu responded by saying on Monday that "not only would moving the embassy not harm the peace process, but to the contrary".

A surprise controversy erupted on Tuesday over U.S. policy towards Israel days ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump, with the potential move of the American embassy to Jerusalem again making waves.

Asked if President Donald Trump considers the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as part of Israel, US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster replied, "That sounds like a policy decision".

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