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Trump mulling over Jerusalem embassy move: Tillerson

Trump mulling over Jerusalem embassy move: Tillerson

Israeli and USA teams discussing arrangements for President Trump's visit ran into difficulty after a senior White House official told a member of the Israel team that the Western Wall was part of the West Bank.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state in the territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and the Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds as the capital.

Trump will travel to Israel on May 22 as a part of his first overseas tour.

Trump's administration has been sending mixed messages in its dealings with a right-wing Israeli government that had hoped for a more sympathetic attitude from the Republican president after a rocky relationship with his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

Earlier on "Meet the Press", Tillerson had said President Donald Trump would consider the move, but wanted to first understand the issue.

Netanyahu's office also published meeting notes from another meeting the prime minister had in January with Trump, just before the U.S. president's inauguration, asserting that the embassy move would not hinder the peace process.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they deliver a statement at the White House in Washington D.C., U.S., May 3, 2017.

"The ambassador explained why moving the embassy would help advance peace and not the opposite", the report released by the Prime Minister's Office said.

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Palestinian and other Arab leaders have warned the Trump administration that moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem would risk stirring popular anger and possible unrest, as the Palestinians view the city's eastern half as their capital and because of the city's significance to Muslims.

One US official said the Western Wall was part of the West Bank, Channel Two reported.

"We are convinced that this statement is contrary to the policy of President Trump". It has long urged the worldwide community to relocate embassies there. He will officially take up his role when he presents his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.

In prepared remarks, Friedman said the Ambassadorship was the greatest honor of his life and promised to "support the state of Israel in every way and in all ways".

On the campaign trail, Trump voiced solidly pro-Israel positions. The Old City is home to Islam's third-holiest site, the al-Aqsa mosque, which sits atop Judaism's holiest site, the Temple Mount.

Trump says he wants to broker an Israeli-Palestinian deal.

David Friedman, the newly minted USA ambassador to Israel who has long argued for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and was slated to begin living and working in Jerusalem from the start of his tenure, is expected to begin his post this week working out of the United States embassy in Tel Aviv, according to sources familiar with his plans.


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    Netanyahu told Friedman his immediate visit to the Western Wall was "a strong gesture of solidarity". It added: "Israel is certain that the comment contradicts President Trump's policy".