Trump will not announce Israel embassy move on overseas trip

Trump in Israel says he has new reasons to hope for Middle East peace Posted

Trump in Israel says he has new reasons to hope for Middle East peace Posted

Trump's Israel visit coincides with a very special day - the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty after 2,000 years.

Such a casual disregard for the fact that leaking this highly sensitive intelligence from a close ally to - of all countries - Russia, would endanger the life of an Israeli spy in ISIS seemed not to concern our commander in chief, who was too busy trying to impress Putin's diplomats.

Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 22 Palestinians, among them seven children, so far this year, according to an Al Jazeera count.

"I get the sense that there are certain questions indeed", said Michael Oren, a deputy government minister involved in visit preparations, addressing the question of jitters on the Palestinian issue.

Ambassador Oren, welcome to the program.

OREN: I hope he's right.

A group of 60 influential Christian leaders has signed a letter delivered to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, asking him to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In addition, Russian Federation maintains close ties with Iran and Syria, Israel's bitter enemies.

As the Trump administration has chosen to pursue a policy of increasing daylight with the world's only Jewish state, Trump must clarify his Middle East policy. Israel's defense minister tweeted about his country's "deep, significant ties" with t he U.S. "That is how it will continue to be".

An Associated Press photographer was also injured in the incident. Yet both sides have an interest in continuing to cooperate fully on intelligence.

Right now, US policy on Israel is unchanged from that of past administrations. This information can be useful to Western allies, who have experienced attacks by Islamic extremists as well.

Despite UN Amb. Nikki Haley saying she backed moving the embassy to Jerusalem, recent reports indicate Trump has no intention of doing so any time soon.

At the same time, he said Israel understood that Trump, as president and commander-in-chief, had the authority to divulge the information, even if in doing so he had shown that he "has no experience in how to deal with intelligence".

Israel's capital is and always will be Jerusalem, regardless of the location of foreign embassies or the resolutions of UNESCO. "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel". The relocation is strongly opposed by many US allies given that Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as their capital.

Despite the Israeli protests, Trump's national security adviser would not back down. Trump is to visit the site by himself.

The tour, which begins on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, will take him to Israel and the West Bank and then to the Vatican.

The conflicting claims to Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trump has backed away from other campaign promises as well.

Tillerson said Trump has taken a "deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of the peace initiative, what impact would such a move have". Fink says many Israelis are anxious that the American president will offer a take-it-or-leave-it deal to the Palestinians and Israelis, minus any nuance. "The one next to me was hit by a bullet in his head, and people said he was killed", he told reporters.

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