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Good luck to Trump on moves involving Israel, Palestinians

Good luck to Trump on moves involving Israel, Palestinians

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said it's necessary to maintain US intelligence cooperation.

Israeli officials have been especially unnerved by Trump.

WND reported in January a delegation of Republican senators proposing freezing some State Department funding until the U.S. Embassy is moved from Tel Aviv 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, USA 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.

The intel uproar followed a spat this week over Jerusalem.

U.S. President Trump has shown his willingness to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict but the Israeli Prime Minister's Office said it was shocked by the comments and asked the United States to explain what was meant by them.

An Israeli Cabinet minister called off a long-planned visit to Jordan on Tuesday for a joint scientific venture following a spat between the countries over a deadly shooting in Jerusalem.

Emotions run hot over the status of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, considered the holiest site where Jews can pray. As you know, the President has chosen Israel as the site for his first worldwide visit this coming week.

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And finally, on Wednesday, Rosenstein appointed a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller , to lead the investigation. He claimed that the FBI had spoiled its reputation in its investigations of the presidential campaigns in last year's elections.

Trump is set to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican in the coming days. The sensitivity about Jerusalem, claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, stems from the role the city plays in the age-old debate about who has a legitimate historical claim to disputed territory.

Other prominent evangelical Christian leaders have also called on Trump to keep his word, and relocate the embassy. His platform made no mention of a Palestinian state, and he embraced West Bank settler leaders, who had been ostracized by the Obama administration.

"(Trump) has taken a very deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press".

While President Trump interested in making an effort at a peace deal, Abbas has set himself up as willingly cooperating, while the political ramifications for Netanyahu will make it hard for him to accept talks under any conditions, or even no conditions, without risking his coalition.

McMaster last week said the administration supports Palestinian "self-determination", a reference interpreted by many as endorsing independence.

Make THIS year the year that you visit Jerusalem - on the 2017 WND Tour that will be led by Joseph and Elizabeth Farah, and will feature appearances by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador David Freidman.

The Ambassador added "I look forward to working with you and a the people of Israel to do even more to bring together the United States and Israel - in every field, from culture to education, life sciences, high technology, commerce, trade, and of course military and strategic cooperation and so many other things".

Only by forcing them to accept the reality of Jewish Jerusalem will they come to grips with the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn.


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