Israel has long pressed nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem; Palestinians, and much of the worldwide community, view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Next week he will be the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall in the Old City, but his team rejected a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accompany him. While Israel thinks of Jerusalem as its capital, the worldwide community does not honor this claim. "President Carter refuses to recognize that this is not a conflict between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government and this has no relationship to his negotiations between Israel and Egypt".
Bannon and Friedman are reportedly pressing Trump to take a substitute step if he decides not to move the embassy, such as a issuing a presidential declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
When Friedman arrived in Israel this week, his first act was to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, a symbolic departure from usual protocol.
On May 15, USA national security adviser H.R. McMaster announced that Trump will offer a prayer at the Western Wall and will drop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site Christians believe is the location of Jesus' tomb.
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"We don't think it would be wise to do it at this time", the official said.
On May 16, a White House official told Reuters that the controversial West Bank comments were not authorized by the usa government, and that they do not reflect both the position of the us and of Trump.
An official in Netanyahu's office said the United States comment was "received with astonishment" and that Israel had asked the White House for an explanation.
"In Jerusalem, President Trump will meet with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem". Afterwards he will head to the West Bank city of Bethlehem where he is slated to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. And although Trump claims that no sources or methods were discussed, the Israelis differ. He has set aside 15 minutes for the visit, unlike previous presidents who spent an hour or more at the site.