Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Controversy over Trump Israel policy ahead of visit


By then, President Trump will have to decide whether to renew the order or refrain from signing it, which would launch implementation of the law.

Israel captured east Jerusalem - where Palestinians want to establish the capital of a future independent state - from Jordan in 1967 and annexed it, a move not internationally recognized.

There were no further details about the security arrangements but the source added that the Palestinian security apparatus would oversee parts of president's visit as had been the case with previous trips by USA leaders to the the West Bank.

Since taking office, Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to move the embassy in a gesture to Israel, instead saying he's still studying the issue.

"Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem will not harm the peace process, it will do the opposite".

The PLO's chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in January that the PLO would revoke its recognition of Israel if Trump moved the embassy.

Trump will travel to Israel on May 22 as a part of his first overseas tour.

Reported remarks by a Trump administration official rejecting Israel's claim to the Western Wall were "unauthorized" and do not represent the position of President Donald Trump, the White House said.

Netanyahu's office released quotes from summaries of the prime minister's meetings with Trump to back up its side.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly wanted to accompany Trump to the Western Wall, a request the White House reportedly denied.

One U.S. official reportedly told the Israelis the site is "not your territory".

Trump had promised during the presidential campaign to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would upend USA policy in the Middle East.

He has also advocated moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

Sources told CNN that advisers close to the president are still insisting that Trump keep the promise he made on the campaign trail to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to relocate the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

When President Trump visits Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of the holiest Jewish sites in the world, during his trip to Israel next week, he will be the first-ever sitting U.S. president to do so.

In a final declaration issued at the end of its summit, the Arab League voiced opposition to any plan for the transfer of embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds. An orthodox Jew and ardent Zionist, Friedman made clear when nominated and since, that he hopes to be working from Jerusalem as soon as possible. Earlier this month, he held a warm meeting with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, at the White House. "It will advance the process because of the correction of the historic injustice and the smashing of the Palestinian fantasy of Jerusalem not being the capital of Israel", it said.

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