Israel 'shocked' over Trump aide's Western Wall comments

Israel's Supreme Court sits as the High Court of Justice

Israel's Supreme Court sits as the High Court of Justice

In the evening, Netanyahu released a statement, charging that the move "won't harm the peace process".

The US, like most of the worldwide community, considers Jerusalem disputed ahead of final-status negotiations. Moving the embassy, the statement said, "would advance it (the peace process) by correcting a historic injustice and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy according to which Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel".

It later annexed East Jerusalem, and in 1980, Israel unilaterally declared "reunited" Jerusalem as its capital.

There are ongoing rumors and undertones that it is the Israeli administration, and not the White House, which is delaying the move.

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The Israeli Prime Minister's office said it was shocked by the comments and said it had asked the United States to explain what was meant by them.

He will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of his first foreign trip later this week.

Trump's rise has now emboldened Israeli extremists to implement their illegal policies and further their occupational agenda by transferring the embassy, a move that Palestinian officials and prominent American politicians have cautioned against.

Trump promised during his presidential campaign to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital and remarked on the pledge in an interview the day before his inauguration, saying: "You know, I'm not a person who breaks promises".

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Channel 2 reports, as noted by the Times of Israel, that a Trump aide then angrily told Israelis that the Western Wall was part of the West Bank, which is governed in part by the State of Palestine.

During the presidential campaign, Trump told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that the U.S.

Adelson, who along with his wife also spent more than $80 million on Republican campaigns during the last election, reportedly said that Trump's promise was not contingent on the progress of the peace process since that was always the rationale of previous presidents, and Trump's vow was meant to differentiate from that view. There have been some signs that the Israeli government, while publicly supportive of moving the embassy, has quietly raised concerns that doing so could enflame the political and security situation. But Tillerson linked Trump's deliberations directly to his aspirations for brokering Mideast peace.

Jewish-American Friedman, a strong supporter of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank, entered the residence with a marching band playing.

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Both highly sensitive issues made headlines in Israel on Tuesday as preparations intensified for Trump's visit to the country and the Palestinian territories on May 22 and 23. Earlier this month, White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. said on Facebook that the president would meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in "Palestine". The billionaire is a fierce critic of US efforts to negotiate a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has called Palestinians "an invented people" who want to destroy Israel.

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