Haley: 'I Believe the Western Wall Is Part of Israel'


Jerusalem's ancient Western Wall made headlines again on Tuesday.

The president told them that his father translated the Quran from Arabic to Hebrew and about life growing up in Jerusalem, his office says.

Rubin says there can be no evenhandedness when it comes to a relationship with Israel compared to the Palestinian Authority, which he describes as "basically the quasi-governmental front for Islamic terrorism". He said Israel must oppose attempts to establish a Palestinian state and insist on Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem "forever".

The statement was the first Israeli comment following US President Donald Trump's alleged intelligence leak reports, Xinhua news agency reported.

"But Jewish Jerusalem is not 50 years old".

The Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City (right) and the Dome of the Rock above.

However, the worldwide community does not recognize Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek as the capital of a future independent state.

It will be a hard issue to navigate on both sides, as Trump is eager to play up his pro-Israel bonafides during the visit, and pointing out the occupation doesn't help with that. As ambassador to the UN, where the United States sits on the Security Council, Haley's decision to blaze a trail the administration has only tip-toed on as of yet is a notable one.

Jews pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on January 17, 2017. The clash erupted over preparations for President Trump's visit to the Kotel, which Netanyahu had asked to join.

Israeli officials declined to confirm whether they were the source of the intelligence Trump shared.

However, all of the pro-Israel priorities Trump has tallied up over the past several months are apparently still on the agenda.

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Palestinians see settlements as a severe impediment to statehood.

The last communication on the issue was received from Vice President Mike Pence, when he said that the Trump administration was obligated to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised during the election campaign.

It is highly unusual for a new envoy who had not yet presented his credentials to visit the holy site.

"Obviously, I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem, and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem, because if you look at all their government is in Jerusalem", Haley told CBN's chief political correspondent, David Brody on his show, "The Brody File".

With the back-and-forth, many pro-Israel Americans and Israelis are apprehensive about what will take place next week.

Israeli Minister of Intelligence Israel Katz also weighed in today. "Now, some are anxious about what may happen next week".

As President Donald Trump prepares for an extended overseas trip that will include a stop in Israel, tensions between the Trump administration and the Israelis appear to be at an all-time high. Netanyahu's office said it was astonished by the comment.

But Yuval Rabin, son of assassinated former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, offered a sarcastic retort.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem May 7, 2017.

This account was corroborated by the Jerusalem daily.

That makes it all occupied territory, legally speaking, which is the basis on which the unnamed USA diplomat noted Israel didn't have a "sovereignty" case to be made on Trump wanting to visit a spot in the Old City.