Trump NSA says status of Western Wall a 'policy decision'

McMaster said Tuesday that Trump would not be accompanied by any Israeli leaders when he visits the Western Wall next week.

According to reports in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked to join Trump at the wall but the USA declined, with one official telling the Israelis that the site is "not your territory".

Israel declared sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem after 1967 but Palestinians and most of the world dispute that status.

He cast uncertainty over years of global efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, at the White House in February. The official said Trump preferred to keep such conversations private, much as he did with Egyptian President Fattah al-Sissi recently when he obtained the release of an Egyptian-American humanitarian worker, the official said.

The new U.S. ambassador to Israel is officially on the job.

East Jerusalem, where the most important Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religious sites are located, is considered occupied Palestinian territory under global law.

"This isn't your territory". "This is in the West Bank". The spat reportedly erupted during preparations for Trump's visit to the region next week.

"Kind David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago", said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and Chairman of Covenant Journey.

According to the senior source in the prime minister's office, Tuesday's call focused exclusively on the upcoming visit, which is particularly surprising given the timing.

Congressman Ron DeSantis is speaking out regarding a controversy involving President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Israel, which will include a visit to the Western Wall. This comes amid a report that an administration official told Israeli officials that the Western Wall is in disputed territory. The call with Abdullah was listed on the official White House schedule.

Rivlin added that Israel is excitedly awaiting the president's visit, which he said is a symbol of the unbreakable bonds between the two countries.

"Israeli officials appear to be growing increasingly nervous over Trump's visit, when he is expected to make an attempt at re-launching long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians", Fox New announced. He's also due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.

It is highly unusual for a new envoy who had not yet presented his credentials to visit the holy site. The remark runs counter to Israeli claims on Jerusalem as its united capital, and contradicts a campaign promise by Trump to recognize the whole city as part of Israel. The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

ZOA President Morton Klein expressed disappointment in the president.

McMaster made no mention of any plans for Trump to deliver an address from the desert fortress Masada, something that has been rumored for weeks.

Yet today when it was brought up by the media, White House spokesman Sean Spicer was very evasive, refusing to elaborate beyond saying that the Western Wall is "clearly in Jerusalem".

As a practicing Orthodox Jew, Friedman immediately went to pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, upon arrival.

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