He cast uncertainty over years of global efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, at the White House in February. "The President's intention is to visit these religious sites to highlight the need for unity among three of the world's great religions", he said.
McMaster also outlined the president's itinerary for his upcoming trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The White House distanced itself from the alleged comments, saying in statements to USA media that they did not reflect the views of the adminstration. An observant Jew, Friedman said he was overwhelmed with gratitude for his new job.
McMaster: "Oh, that sounds like a policy decision, you know - and that's the President's intention".
Conflict seems to be brewing in regards to not only the USA embassy, but the Western Wall, as well.
Israeli media reported that a staffer at the US Consulate in Jerusalem had told an Israeli member of the advance team planning Trump's visit that the Western Wall is "not your territory but part of the West Bank". He will busy from the get-go, as President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Jewish state next week.
Asked during a briefing Tuesday to clarify the administration's position on the Western Wall, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the reported comments do not reflect USA policy.
In fact, he (Netanyahu) repeated the calls for the U.S.to move their embassy to Jerusalem today.More news: Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry gametime decision for Game 3 against Cavaliers
Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, a claim that is not recognized internationally.
Shrier is also a career officer, who arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv in August 2015 - during the Obama administration - as the counselor for Economic Affairs.
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.
Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review.
The issue of where the Western Wall is located will also be discussed as part of peace talks with the Palestinians.
"It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".
I think that anyone who says that the Wall is not in the State of Israel, or that the State of Israel has no connection to the Wall, should not be here.
Later, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Ambassador Friedman at the Prime Minister's office in Yerushalayim.