Trump to become 6th United States president to visit Israel


Oren also emphasized that Israel would never give up Jerusalem in a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Trump will be the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall, part of the Temple Mount complex revered by Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif compound, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

A senior White House official told Bloomberg earlier this week that Trump would not be using the trip to announce a change in embassy locations.

She claimed little knowledge of what precisely happened during the row but had no problem adding "I know that they're trying to fix it and get that taken care of, but we've always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel".

This softening USA position on Israeli-Palestinian conflict has also been overwhelmingly non-partisan, Chomsky notes.

Top US officials have reportedly warned Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital during his upcoming visit, for fear that it could ruin the peace process, CNN said Tuesday, echoing recommendations from leaders in the region.

"I hope this is just ignorance and not policy", Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said, referring to the video, according to Yedioth Ahronoth, an Israeli newspaper.

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Some of Trump's domestic troubles are likely to follow him to Israel, too, amid reports that the classified secrets he shared with Russian diplomats this month had come from Israel. The U.S. explanation that Trump canceled the visit after being told that he could not land his helicopter atop the UNESCO heritage site was played for laughs in Israeli media.

Comments like that have many observers concluding that Trump, a businessman who sees himself as a dealmaker but has little experience in global diplomacy, is simply naïve. Bill Clinton arrived in Israel in 1994 and participated in the signing ceremony of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty.

Trump's trip began in Saudi Arabia and takes him, after Israel, to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis, to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and to Sicily for a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial nations.

In addition to sending Friedman to Tel Aviv, Trump tapped his former real-estate attorney Jason Greenblatt to help manage the peace process with the Palestinians.

"The visit is very important because it highlights the strength of the relationship between Israel and America", said Israel's minister for regional cooperation, Tzachi Hanegbi, who is a close associate of Netanyahu. The information, about an IS threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from Israel and there were concerns a valuable Israeli asset could be in danger, a U.S. official said, requesting anonymity to discuss the sensitive material. Prime Minister Netanyahu's bold and visionary outreach to Sunni Arabs on the basis of TTP: Terror, Technology and Peace, is completely in sync with President Trump's vision of how good vs. evil will ultimately win the day.

White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster pointedly refused to answer questions last week about Israeli sovereignty over an area where the United States has long maintained ownership should be decided through negotiations. Still others have predicted that moving the embassy would solidify Trump's "immortality" and place in history.