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Netanyahu reveals conversations with Trump regarding U.S. embassy transfer to Jerusalem

16 Mai 2017

The now-confirmed new ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, is due to take up his duties from Monday.

On Monday, in response to a Fox News report that Netanyahu told Trump not to move the embassy right away, the Prime Minister's Office released partial transcripts of Netanyahu's White House meeting as proof that he had urged the President to move the embassy.

Israel demanded an explanation from the White House Monday after a US official reportedly questioned the country's claim to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.

On Monday, however, Israel's Channel Two News reported that members of a USA advance team preparing the presidential tour told Israeli representatives that the Western Wall is not part of Israeli territory, therefore Israel could not be involved in planning that part of Trump's trip.

Trump's administration is sending mixed messages in its dealings with the Israeli right-wing government, which was hoping for a more sympathetic approach from the Republican president than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, whose relationship with her has been strained.

"It will do the opposite", his office said in a statement.

"We are convinced that this remark is in contradiction to the policy of President Trump", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. Though Tillerson said he'd seen the intelligence implicating Russian Federation and believed there was no question Russian Federation meddled, he said it was just one of a "broad range of important issues that have to be addressed in the U.S. -Russia relationship".

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Brownlee said he hopes the meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov "is a step towards that". Prior to Trump taking office, Flynn had discussed sanctions with the official.

President Trump is scheduled to make the Old City his first stop after landing at Ben Gurion Airport on May 22. The wall lies underneath the Al Aqsa Mosque, or Temple Mount, which is one of the holiest sites in Islam.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces after a protest near the illegal settlement of Beit El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 11, 2017.

Also on Sunday, Education Minister Naftali Bennett echoed Netanyahu's sentiment, saying the embassy move would help peace by affirming the unity of the city under Israeli control, whereas "any agreement based on dividing Jerusalem is doomed to fail".

A bankruptcy lawyer by profession, Friedman has no previous diplomatic experience.

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.

Top officials at the State Department, Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community are urging the White House not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, warning that such a decision would be harmful to the peace process and carry broader regional risks, a senior administration official and several USA officials told CNN. Palestinians and most of the worldwide community regard all or part of East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

In January, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned Trump that moving the embassy would have a "disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region".