Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

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


In his statement, the new USA ambassador said that President Trump has chosen Israel as the site for his first worldwide visit.

NY [U.S.], May 16:: A rift has been created between Washington and Jerusalem after an American diplomat described the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City as part of the West Bank.

It later annexed East Jerusalem and claims the entire city as its undivided capital. "The statement released by the office included a transcript from Netanyahu's meeting with Trump in Washington, which took place this February, acting as proof that the report provided by Powell was false". The Americans refused, saying it was to be a "private visit". Moreover, we were honored and grateful that you pledged to specifically uphold this policy in response to a request from the American Christian Leaders for Israel coalition during your campaign.

Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish men participate in the Cohanim Priestly caste blessing during the Jewish holiday of Passover, in front of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Monday, April 25, 2016.

"This isn't your territory".

"The statement that the Western Wall is in an area in the West Bank was received with shock", an Israel official commented on the exchange, according to Reuters.

Friedman said that Trump had no "specific political plan or roadmap" on Israeli-Palestinian peace and promised that Trump would not demand Israel to freeze construction in the settlements.

Later, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Ambassador Friedman at the Prime Minister's office in Yerushalayim.

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McMaster was asked twice about the Western Wall's location by reporters, completely dodging the issue. The call with Abdullah was listed on the official White House schedule.

Israel angrily demanded an explanation from the White House, casting a cloud over the highly anticipated visit by the new president.

He will also meet in either Ramallah or Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.

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.

After his arrival in Tel Aviv, Friedman visited the Western Wall, praying there and kissing the sacred site. Shapiro said it might upset the Palestinians but could be a way for Trump to cushion Israeli disappointment at his expected decision to postpone the U.S. Embassy's move to Jerusalem for at least six more months. The Palestinians see it as the capital of a future independent state.

ZOA President Morton Klein expressed disappointment in the president. A WH spokesperson said yesterday that the comments "do not represent the position of the United States and certainly not of the President".

For Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, whose group opposes the creation of a Palestinian state, the controversy is just the latest disappointment from the Trump administration.

Sean Spicer said that the Western Wall is obviously in Jerusalem. "He's [President Trump] going to the Western Wall mainly in connection with the theme to connect with three of the world's great religions and to pay homage to each of these religious sites that he's visiting".

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