Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?


During the presidential campaign, Trump pledged to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem and declared that "under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel".

Netanyahu's office expressed shock, said an official speaking anonymously because he was not authorised to discuss the matter.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador, waded into a diplomatic minefield on Wednesday by asserting that the Western Wall is part of Israel, a deviation from US policy.

"The conversation dealt with a few issues that needed to be concluded regarding President Trump's visit to Israel", an Israeli official told Haaretz.

Malki called media reports that Gulf states have offered to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for freezing settlement construction in the West Bank as merely an Israeli plot meant to interfere with Trump's summit with leaders of Arab and Islamic countries on May 21 in Riyadh.

The Western Wall, together with the Temple Mount complex and the eastern part of Jerusalem, was captured during the 1967 Six Day War. "We've always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel". McMaster did however confirm that no Israeli leaders would accompany Trump on his visit to the site. "Intelligence cooperation between Israel and the United States regarding the threats posed by Iran and its proxies and ISIS and its affiliates will continue and deepen", Katz said.

The call between Trump and Netanyahu came immediately after Trump placed a call to King Abdullah II of Jordan, a call that was announced by the White House.

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Asked point blank if the Western Wall was part of Israel, Spicer gave a tortured response.

The question was raised after a USA consular official reportedly told an Israeli official that the wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, "is not your territory, it's part of the West Bank".

"It will advance it by righting a historical wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel", Netanyahu said.

The expectation was that Trump would make an announcement regarding Jerusalem during his upcoming May 22 visit to Israel.

While out scouting the site with U.S. representatives, the Israeli team requested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany Trump and his family to the wall.

"The firm denial coming from the prime minister's office was backed by a rare and unusual move", the Jerusalem Post reported. His campaign platform made no mention of an independent Palestinian state.

But since taking office, Trump has called for restraint in settlement construction and signaled he is no hurry to move the embassy.