Israelis on edge before Trump visit

This new development happened days ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump on an ultra-sensitive status of Jerusalem.

The White House is doing damage control after video surfaced Friday of official US maps that erased key areas in Israel, a move that only fueled concern about the Trump administration position on the Jewish state.

Some of Trump's domestic troubles are likely to follow him to Israel, too, amid reports that the classified secrets he shared with Russian diplomats this month had come from Israel. That's according to a senior United States official not authorised to discuss sensitive intelligence matters and speaking on condition of anonymity. "If anyone is burying the chances for its relocation, it's Bennett".

A senior White House official told Bloomberg earlier this week that Trump would not be using the trip to announce a change in embassy locations. The Israeli officers said they found the disclosure "horrifying". "Bennett will continue to speak out against it". H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, has earned pro-Israel right-wing opprobrium for his bid to sideline Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a young NSC staffer who is known for his hard-line Iran views.

"It should be comforting and those who are critical should note the symbolism of the president doing it at this time", he said, noting the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

Israel had previously sought to insist on Netanyahu accompanying Trump, to which United States consular officials noted that the Western Wall is in occupied territory and that it wasn't Israel's call either way. Israeli politicians are unsure what Trump's message will be. There is only one way to worldwide recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - making an agreement with the Palestinians to divide the land between two states, each of which will be able to set its capital in the holy city.

Trump will visit Israel in a series of stops during his first overseas trip that started today.

In February, Trump issued mild criticism of Israel's continued building of settlements in the West Bank, saying new construction doesn't help the peace process.

The Trump team knows pressure tactics when it sees them, Levy added. "It is a top priority that there is close coordination with the US, making sure the visit goes exactly according to plan".

A red line set to upbeat music shows how Trump will travel from Washington to Saudi Arabia and on to Israel.

President Donald Trump's hosting of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was a valiant attempt to create a Middle East peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel.

Trump has also said he does not think a peace deal is as hard a task as it seems.

On Tuesday Trump will meet with Abbas in Bethlehem rather than at P.A. headquarters in Ramallah.

Herzog said he was hopeful Trump would "bring with him what I call "a break-the-impasse" " proposal for peace talks. Erekat remains the chief Palestinian negotiator while Livni is a leading opposition member of Israel's parliament.



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