Tillerson's Israel Comments Got The Worst Kind Of Guy 'Furious'


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday relocating the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would benefit President Donald Trump's peace push. "It makes many of us - who are hoping for a change in U.S. -Israel relations - nervous", Foxman, the current Director of Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, told Jewish Insider "I can not believe that the traditionally pro-Palestinian functionaries in the American Consulate in Jerusalem are making the decisions on the Kotel and Jerusalem".

Trump, who will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 22 and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on May 23, has stopped short of recommiting to the goal of Palestinian independence, a longtime bedrock of US policy.

Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would not only keep an unequivocal campaign promise but would also be in line with US law, which three successive administrations have chosen not to observe over the past 18 years, by passing six-monthly national security waivers.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, a claim that is not recognised internationally, and the Western Wall - the holiest prayer site for Jews - is part of territory it captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

The unusual release came after a Fox News reported that Netanyahu asked Trump not to move the us embassy to Jerusalem at this point.

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A row erupted Tuesday over United States policy toward Israel days ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump, with fresh questions raised over the White House's approach to the ultra-sensitive status of Jerusalem.

The issues arose as Trump's controversial new ambassador to Israel David Friedman presented his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin at a ceremony in Jerusalem.

The dispute arose when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the president was being "very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process".

"The statement that the Western Wall is part of the West Bank was received with shock", an official in Netanyahu's office said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The family members called upon Trump to insist that the Palestinian Authority end its incitement of terror before securing a peace deal and asserted that "the Palestinians must demonstrate good faith and show that they are truly willing to change their ways by stopping incitement and halting all payments to terrorists who murdered Israelis". Palestinian leaders said they would withdraw their recognition of Israel as a state if the Trump administration pursued such a move.

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With the president said to still be undecided on the issues, a number of long-time U.S. officials in the Department of State, Department of Defense and the broader intelligence community have issued stern warnings to the West Wing, suggesting the decision could harm the peace process and spark unrest in the region, the report said. Trump would need to sign the waiver by June 1 to preserve the status quo.

The rival claims to east Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and often boil over into violence.

Now no country has an embassy in Jerusalem, while 86 nations maintain consulates in Tel Aviv.

Bennett said he welcomed Trump's arrival next week, but said Israel also has to stick to its positions.

The President will travel to Bethlehem at the conclusion of a two-day long trip that will also take in a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem and the city's historic quarter.

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