Israel fuming at US's concern over embassy move to Jerusalem

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman kisses the stones of the Western Wall the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman kisses the stones of the Western Wall the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday

Israel's right-wing had placed high hopes in Trump's presidency following his pledges of ardent support for Israel and a commitment to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem.

Tillerson, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, said Trump is taking a very "deliberative approach" to the issue.

Earlier this month, marking Israel's Independence Day, Vice President Mike Pence said that the Trump administration was continuing to give "serious consideration" to moving the embassy to Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported.

Israel has long pressed nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem; Palestinians, and much of the worldwide community, view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Israel's Channel 2 reported that during a planning meeting between U.S. and Israeli officials, the Israelis were told that Trump's visit to the Western Wall, in annexed East Jerusalem, was private. Both moves were never recognized by the global community.

Moving the embassy would be deeply controversial since Palestinians contest Israel's right to the city and want to establish the capital of a future independent state there - a demand Palestinian Authority (P.A.) chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated at his March 3 Oval Office meeting with Trump.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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One of Trump's top advisers, Jason Greenblatt, held wide-ranging talks with both Israelis and Palestinians during a visit in March.

The Prime Minister's Office added in its own statement at the end of the transcript, "This is the clear and consistent position of Prime Minister Netanyahu, which he reiterated today".

The global community regards all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as illegal and a major obstacle to Middle East peace.

The U.S. Embassy is located in Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial center but not its capital. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the global community. The most recent waiver — signed by former President Barack Obama — expires on June 1.

A senior member of a United States delegation preparing for President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Israel reportedly snapped that the Western Wall is "not your territory" while discussing details of the president's visit to the Jerusalem holy site with with Israeli counterparts on Monday.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised eyebrows when he spoke of "a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine".

Among the main bones of contention are Netanyahu insisting that the Palestinians recognise Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and the Palestinians calling for a halt to Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.

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