"Now we ask you to send a message early in your administration that the United States will indeed honor its strongest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East by respecting its capital city-Jerusalem-and immediately moving the US Embassy there".
But the global community does not recognize Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem, which is also home to sensitive Christian and Muslim holy sites.
Now an Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Buzzfeed News, has said the President's leak confirmed his country's "worst fears". However, a senior White House official reportedly said the Western Wall was not part of Israel's territory.
The official said the administration considers its discussions with both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to be promising, with the Palestinians in particular agreeing to talk without preconditions.
"Even die-hard right-wingers must be wondering by now if their great hero Trump is really better for Israel than their favorite villain Barack Obama", wrote Israeli journalist Chemi Shalev in Haaretz. The group explained that the current policy, which does not accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, is founded on "weakness and fear", Breitbart relays.More news: GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry
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Publically U.S. and Israeli officials have looked to play down the fallout from Trump's May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Israel's Channel 2 identified him as David Berns, the political counselor at the US Consulate in Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in preparation for next week's visit by Trump, is known to be hoping to gain support for the USA embassy move, as it would be interpreted as validating Israel's 1967 annexation of the eastern section of Jerusalem, and a slap in the face to Palestine's original claims on the region. "But Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has stood firm against anti-Israel sentiments at the U.N". "His campaign platform made no mention of an independent Palestinian state".
"I am not real sure what happened with that issue", she added.
In addition, the prime minister's office offered more evidence that the social media posting by Fox News was inaccurate.
Tillerson said Trump has taken a "deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of the peace initiative, what impact would such a move have".