White House: Trump staffer's Western Wall comment not administration policy

Cameron Gross
May 19, 2017

Moving the US embassy to Israel to Jerusalem is seen as a way to legitimize Israel's claim.

The requests by USA intelligence officials cast doubt on the assertion by the president's aides that the sharing was appropriate.

The longstanding US stance is that the site is in Jerusalem, full stop. But my opinion is one of many.

Mr. Trump spoke with Egypt's President al Sisi on Monday, and among the topics discussed was the impact of moving the embassy. It is hard to see how President Trump would be seen as breaking new ground by simply implementing one part of a law on the books for nearly a quarter of a century.

President Donald Trump has decided not to immediately move the us embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a senior White House official said, violating a campaign promise but avoiding a provocation that could drive Palestinians away from peace talks.

Israeli intelligence officials are reported to be furious with President Donald Trump, over his sharing of classified intelligence with Russian Federation.

Trump has never visited Israel, though in October he sent a handwritten note to be placed in the Western Wall, a Jewish ritual by which people place prayers in the cracks of the holy site.

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In an interview with Israel Hayom that was published on Wednesday, Friedman played down any expectations that President Donald Trump would unveil a fresh peace initiative during his visit to Jerusalem next week.

Some of the president's advisers are also encouraging him to fulfill his promise to immediately move the embassy to Jerusalem.

Israeli intelligence officials agree on the severity of the intelligence leak, which endangered the life of an Israeli agent who had infiltrated ISIS, according to an ABC report.

However, a series of experts and former intelligence officials have indicated the incident will have done real damage to the intelligence-sharing relationship between the two allies. "He has not come out and said that settlements are an obstacle to peace, he has not called for a settlement freeze; he has worked for the Israelis to come up with a common understanding about how they might proceed", he added. When hit with a follow up, he said it was a policy issue he should not comment on.

Israeli officials expressed concern that the classified information Trump shared with Lavrov could have compromised one of their agents. Trump slammed President Barack Obama for not vetoing the measure, calling it "extremely unfair".

An arms deal is to be announced during Trump's trip in which Saudi Arabia will purchase $100 billion in US arms, the official said. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows, R-N.C., both released statements yesterday supporting Israel's claims to Jerusalem. Some reports indicate that the president is now using the Jerusalem sovereignty issue as a bargaining chip with an eye toward Israel's negotiations with the Palestinians.

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