Sharp Drop in Israeli Trust of Trump

But that doesn't mean other diplomatic traps aren't lying in wait.

The debate is likely to continue until June 1, when the latest presidential waiver freezing the embassy move is to expire. While Israel thinks of Jerusalem as its capital, the worldwide community does not honor this claim.

The argument against moving the embassy, uniquely denying Israel the right to declare its own capital, focuses on the problem of prejudging the final status of Jerusalem, one of the major disputes blocking an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

When asked on "Meet the Press" about the possible move this week, Tillerson said "the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process".

Since taking office, Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to move the embassy in a gesture to Israel, instead saying he's still studying the issue.

When Friedman arrived in Israel this week, his first act was to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, a symbolic departure from usual protocol. "The President will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall".

On May 15, US national security adviser H.R. McMaster announced that Trump will offer a prayer at the Western Wall and will drop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site Christians believe is the location of Jesus' tomb. But putting the embassy west of the Green Line, in an area of Jerusalem that Israel has controlled since 1948 and that only the history-denying U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and opponents of Israel's existence refuse to acknowledge as part of Israel, would not eliminate the possibility of a Palestinian government presence in Jerusalem.

Jewish Israelis do not think Trump has turned against them, however. "We have a schedule, we have a plan and everything is going ahead, absolutely", says Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesperson for the foreign ministry, speaking over the phone from Israel.

On May 16, a White House official told Reuters that the controversial West Bank comments were not authorized by the usa government, and that they do not reflect both the position of the us and of Trump.

To get there, the president's convoy will have to pass through Israel's high-security checkpoint and towering concrete barriers that cut the West Bank off from Jerusalem. He will then see Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Reuters details.

Top officials at the State Department, Department of Defense and the US 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 U.S. officials told CNN.

The decision by President Trump to share sensitive intelligence with the Russians that was provided by Israel has created another flap for the administration.

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