US Embassy to Stay in Tel Aviv For Now

Construction in Kiryat Sefer

Construction in Kiryat Sefer

During his campaign, Trump promised to be Israel's "best friend" if elected, and signalled that it was okay for the Israeli government to go on building settlements on occupied land since he didn't regard it as an obstacle to peace. That distinction - Jerusalem, not Israel - reflects the USA position that the city's fate is an issue for Israelis and Palestinians to work out through future peace negotiations.

"We don't think it would be wise to do it at this time", the official said.

Since Israel's founding, the USA has maintained that "no state has sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem" and that it's a "final status" issue that must be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiation, the official said.

Two camps of senior officials in US President Donald Trump's administration have for months been fighting over the prospect of moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with close advisers urging him to follow through with the promise while cabinet members argue he should drop it, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Friday.

Israel complained that a US representative rejected allowing Israel's prime minister to join Trump for a visit to the Western Wall because it isn't in Israeli territory. As the nation's envoy to the United Nations, her public comments on foreign policy issues generally are assumed to be statements of US policy.

But it is unfortunate the trip begins with a dust-up over his planned visit to the Western Wall - one of the holiest sites in Judaism - in Jerusalem's Old City.

"We have not yet made a final decision about my visit to the Western Wall", Trump told the Israel Hayom newspaper in an interview Thursday.

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"We're very appreciative that there will be a visit to the Kotel (Western Wall)", Mariaschin said.

Trump promised in his election campaign to relocate the United States embassy to Jerusalem.

Wow. What an uninformed statement, especially considering that every president - starting with Harry Truman - has tried to broker a Middle East peace deal since Israel became a state in 1948.

"As you can see, in contrast to what happened in 2009, when secretary [of state, Hillary] Clinton demanded a complete settlement freeze and Abbas still didn't show up to negotiate, here we have no demand for a settlement freeze and Abbas is prepared to meet with the prime minister of Israel without any preconditions".

Tillerson said Trump has taken a "deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of the peace initiative, what impact would such a move have".

USA presidential trips are an opportunity to project power and burnish statesmanship.

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