Disputes Arise between Netanyahu, Trump over Relocation of US Embassy

Posted May 19, 2017

Many were astonished to learn that a USA official said the Western Wall isn't part of Israel. It said the comment prompted shouting from the Israeli preparatory team. The US president is due to visit Israel on May 22nd on his first foreign trip, which will also take him to Saudi Arabia and the Vatican.

Reports emerged on Monday that Trump officials had told the Israelis that the holy site is "not your territory".

Jewish-American Friedman, a strong supporter of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank, entered the residence with a marching band playing. Klein called the incident "an extraordinary outrage".

According to Israel's Channel 2 News, a member of the USA delegation preparing for Trump's visit made the comment about the wall when Israeli officials suggested a photographer shoot video of the President during a proposed visit to the site.

Israeli Prime Minister's Office on Monday released a record of a previous meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump, in a bid to reinforce Netanyahu's call for Trump to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Klein was among the first in the Jewish world to embrace Trump, and invited White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to a ZOA gala dinner.

Netanyahu is reportedly pushing to deliver a joint speech with Trump at Masada, another historical site in Israel, rather than just the introduction he is now slated for.

"It would advance it by fixing a historic wrong and shatter the Palestinian illusion that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel".

Israeli officials appear to be growing increasingly nervous over Trump's visit, when he is expected to make an attempt at relaunching long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

A Fox News correspondent had claimed the opposite: that the Israeli leader asked the United States president not to move the embassy.

Trump has two weeks to make that decision, before the embassy automatically moves based on a 1995 U.S. law mandating the location switch.

Earlier on Monday Conor Powell, a Jerusalem-based reporter for the United States network, tweeted: "Everyone I've spoken to in DC that has been briefed on Jerusalem embassy move says Netanyahu told Trump not to move embassy at this time".

The site has been politically controversial, as it is located in Jerusalem's Old City, which was under Jordanian control from the founding of Israel in 1948 to 1967, when it came under Israeli control following the Six-Day War.

Netanyahu said that "not only would moving the embassy not harm the peace process, but to the contrary".

The United States, like most of the worldwide community, has traditionally considered Jerusalem disputed ahead of final-status negotiations.

To make matters more conflicted, the new USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, arrived on Monday to take up his post.

The controversy is over the Western Wall, or Kotel.

The Western Wall is revered as the holiest site where Jews can pray.