President Trump's aide comment on West Bank shock Israel

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman took office on Tuesday and was immediately met with calls for the U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Barkat, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, also said he is not being pressured by anyone in the Trump administration to slow down construction in East Jerusalem.

However, Trump has backed off his campaign promises to move the embassy.

Netanyahu said that "not only would moving the embassy not harm the peace process, but to the contrary".

"I am happy to welcome you and your dear wife to Israel, to Jerusalem".

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967.

The Israeli Prime Minister is coming to realize that Trump's seemingly pro-Israeli stance may actually be a hindrance to his political goal of managing the conflict with the Palestinians without really needing to solve it. The White House was forced to disavow comments by a USA official planning Trump's stop who claimed the Western Wall was in the West Bank, and not a part of Israeli territory.

An administration official told Conservative Review Wednesday that the Trump-led government rejects Israel's claims to sovereignty over the entirety of its historic capital of Jerusalem.

He'll be the first sitting United States president to make a stop at the site.

Israel accused Jordan of playing a "double game", stating they should condemn terrorism whenever and wherever it occurs, after Amman lashed out over the "heinous" killing.

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The trip is Trump's first outing overseas as president and it will include the announcement of a USA arms deal with Saudi Arabia, Saudi investment in US infrastructure and the establishment of a center to combat Islamic extremism in Riyadh, the official said.

Israel's Channel Two reported that Israeli officials offering to help plan the event were told by American counterparts it was not their remit. But speaking to reporters Tuesday, McMaster twice declined to say definitively whether the Western Wall is in Israel.

Israeli media outlet Walla! reported later that the White House tried to distance itself from the comments, saying that it did not reflect the position of the U.S. or of the President. "Implementation of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act should not be delayed nor made contingent on any future peace agreements", the letter said.

The interview by the CBN's David Brody in NY is scheduled to air Wednesday evening.

He also later met with Netanyahu.

"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 hinted shortly after his nomination past year that he foresaw himself working from Jerusalem, implying that the embassy would move there.

He said, "That sounds like a policy decision".

CEO and executive vice president of B'nai B'rith worldwide - said the inclusion of the Jewish state l on the president's itinerary "shows the interest that the administration has in cultivating and building the relationship with Israel as an ally". "And truly, it would be a thumb in the eye of Israel not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital coming the day before Jerusalem Day as he is".

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