President Donald Trump has decided not to immediately move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a senior White House official said, violating a campaign promise but avoiding a provocation that could drive Palestinians away from peace talks. By naming attorney David Friedman, ardent supporter of Israel, as his ambassador to the Jewish state, the president was signaling the foreign-policy establishment that he wouldn't be playing by their rules.
According to reports, around 7,000 Palestinian, including 57 women and 300 children, are now jailed in Israeli prisons.
After presenting his credentials to the President, President Rivlin congratulated the new Ambassador and said, "I am happy to welcome you and your dear wife to Israel, to Jerusalem".
"There's no question that the Israeli confidence has been shaken that some of the most sensitive information they share with us will be properly safeguarded", Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel under Barack Obama and now a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies think tank in Tel Aviv, told AFP. "And as we all know, the situation in the region is more complex than that". His visit is very important.
Danny Yatom, another ex-Mossad boss, told an Israeli radio station that if reports were accurate, Trump likely caused "heavy damage" to Israeli and American security.
Trump insisted Tuesday he had the right to share "facts" with Russian Federation, and wrote on Twitter that he was motivated by "humanitarian reasons", while the President's national security adviser denied the disclosure had caused a "lapse in national security", insisting that what was revealed in the talks was "wholly appropriate". The whole free world has a duty to the Syrian people, to end the humanitarian nightmare.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump spoke by phone on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the premier's office said, while stressing that they only discussed next week's trip during the 20-minute conversation.
Meanwhile, a celebration at the Capitol marking the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification drew top Congress members from both parties.
"To not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel contradicts the Bible, history and present-day reality", the Christian leader continued. "De Facto, not just De Jure". But Trump told the Russians those things, the US officials said, as he described intelligence that led to the new rules banning electronic devices in the cabins of certain flights.
The official line from Israel's government, echoed by the defense minister, transportation minister, and energy minister, is that relations between Israel and the United States are stronger than ever, and they will only get stronger with Trump in the White House.
"I had the opportunity to say some prayers".
Flynn was told of the Pentagon's plan to use Syrian Kurdish forces to retake Raqqa by Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, 10 days before President Trump's election, The Washington Post reported in early February.