Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Israel urges USA to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Ben Pena | 19 May, 2017, 21:36

Both Netanyahu and Abbas have visited the White House since Trump's inauguration, with the US President vowing to work as a "mediator" for Mideast peace.

It was the latest sign of the Israeli right's growing disenchantment with Trump after having rejoiced in his election.

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.

Israeli daily Haaretz described the conflicting comments as "the first public disagreement" between Netanyahu's government and the Trump administration.

Netanyahu is reportedly pushing to deliver a joint speech with Trump at Masada, another historical site in Israel, rather than just the introduction he is now slated for.

President Trump is scheduled to make the Old City his first stop after landing at Ben Gurion Airport on May 22.

Netanyahu on Monday called again on Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem, on the same day that his controversial Israel envoy pick David Friedman arrives in Israel to begin his tenure.

The Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, is located in east Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

It later annexed East Jerusalem, and in 1980, Israel unilaterally declared "reunited" Jerusalem as its capital.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of any future Palestinian state.

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The Israeli leader argued that keeping the embassy where it is in Tel Aviv is actually a detriment to peace, and empowers the Islamic totalitarians who seek to delegitimize Israel's claims to its land.

That is the official position of President Barack Obama's administration, and of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, Obama's parting shot against the Jewish state.

An official in Netanyahu's office said the us comment was "received with astonishment" and that Israel had asked the White House for an explanation.

"Israel is convinced that this statement contradicts President Trump's policies..." Ironically, more than 20 countries including the United States have consulates in Jerusalem, which serve mostly as channels to the P.A. based in nearby Ramallah. Trump will visit Saudi Arabia, the location of the two holiest sites in Islam, Jerusalem which houses shrines sacred to Christianity, Islam and Judaism and the Vatican, the seat of the Catholic Church. The report said the Americans rebuffed the request, with one official telling the Israelis the site is "not your territory".

Asked what distinguishes Trump's plans from previous attempts, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said merely: "The man is different". It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

As the Times of Israel notes, the visit "would likely be interpreted by some as akin to an American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem".

Alongside his visit to Israel, Trump is expected also to meet with Abbas, possibly in P.A. -administered Bethlehem.

"His love for and commitment to the state of Israel is rock solid and it enjoys his highest priority".

The controversy is over the Western Wall, or Kotel.


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