Israel, Palestinians Gear Up for Trump Visit

They did not expect any real pressure on the Palestinian issue after campaign rhetoric that promised a more pro-Israel approach than his predecessor Barack Obama, who had an acrimonious relationship with Netanyahu. "But the buck does not stop with bureaucrats", he wrote.

Another poll is due to be carried out after Trump's visit to see if his words and actions in the country shift Israeli opinion. "The worldwide community's decision to cower before Israel's enemies by keeping embassies in Tel Aviv is disgraceful".

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed the east of the city in a move never recognised by the worldwide community. Trump has a June 1 deadline to choose between another waiver or moving the embassy.

A raft of scandals to hit Trump's administration-including an investigation into Russia's contacts with his campaign team, including his former national security adviser Michael Flynn-has permeated Israeli society, according to Diskin. Approximately 60 Christian leaders, whose organizations represent a total of 60 million Christians across America, signed a letter on the embassy issue that was delivered to Trump on May 16.

"He wants President Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem and to try to get to a status quo between Israel and the Palestinians, to continue settlements".

The letter also pointed to the Republican National Convention's 2016 party platform, which recognized Jerusalem "as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state".

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The following day, Trump will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, and then stop in occupied East Jerusalem, to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Western Wall - reportedly to become the first sitting USA president to visit the contested holy site that stands adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.


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In a statement released Saturday titled: "A call for unity and assimilation with our courageous prisoners", Ramallah-based Islamist and nationalist factions urged the public to join rallies to express their rejection to the resumption of peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel under USA sponsorship.

Senior officials at the State Department and Defense Department had recently demanded that Trump prevent the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem and had even asked the White House not to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, claiming it would harm the peace process.

Both Israel and the Palestinians consider Jerusalem to be their capital.

Several foreign intelligence agencies have condemned the reports, which they say pose a risk for future intel gathering and sharing.

"For Israel, peace based on a two-state solution is in the interest of Israel", she said. Given the competing claims, the US and most countries maintain embassies in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem.

In a short video clip posted by the U.S. Embassy in Israel, Friedman said yesterday that he came to the Western Wall to recite both personal prayers for his family as well as for President Trump.


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