Rex Tillerson Uses 'Palestine' - Will White House Retract Remark Again?

Palestinian demonstrators run as Israeli security forces fire tear gas toward them following a protest to mark Land Day in the village of Madama south of Nablus in the West Bank

Palestinian demonstrators run as Israeli security forces fire tear gas toward them following a protest to mark Land Day in the village of Madama south of Nablus in the West Bank

"Israel's position has been stated many times to the U.S. government and to the world", Netanyahu said. "Moving the embassy would force the other side to contend with the lie they've constructed - that Israel has no connection to Jerusalem - and will cause them to understand that Israel will be here forever with Jerusalem as its capital'".

Since his inauguration, Trump has faced a flood of warnings from top Arab diplomats and a personal appeal from Jordan's King Abdullah to not move the United States embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

There are ongoing rumors and undertones that it is the Israeli administration, and not the White House, which is delaying the move. It considers the entire city to be its eternal capital and next week is set to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of what it calls the unification of Jerusalem.

His comments drew a quick response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following his trip to the Middle East, Trump will arrive in the Vatican to meet Pope Francis for talks on cooperation regarding "religious communities in areas of joint concern", the White House said in a statement earlier this month.

"Israel has made contact with the US on this matter", the official said.

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While Trump has not taken any action on his pledge to move the embassy so far, the Palestinian leadership fiercely opposes any such effort, and the worldwide community has warned that it could spark unrest.

In an unusual move, Netanyahu also partially released the minutes of a meeting he had with Trump in Washington in February, showing he had pressed the new president to move the embassy.

Israel angrily demanded an explanation from the White House, casting a cloud over the highly anticipated visit by the new president, which is being greeted with a mixture of excitement and nervousness by Israeli officials.

One US official said the Western Wall was part of the West Bank, Channel Two reported. He has also accepted an invitation to visit Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. "Now that the administration is expressing strong determination to reach a final status deal, naturally Israelis are concerned about what happens to Jerusalem", Gold said in an email.

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. Israel began its occupation of the West Bank at the same time; the occupation is regarded as illegal by most countries, though Israel disputes that.

Friedman, who visited the Western Wall after his arrival on Monday, said Trump had given him "the unequivocal and unambiguous mandate to support the state of Israel in every way and in all ways".

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