White House Shies Away From Acknowledging Western Wall Part of Israel

Friedman also mentioned Trump's upcoming visit to Israel, observing that the president had chosen Israel one of the stops on his first worldwide trip as a demonstration that "His love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock-solid and enjoys his highest priority".

H.R. McMaster, in a press briefing Tuesday previewing Trump's first foreign trip, declined to elaborate on the location of Judaism's holiest site after reports that a US official told Israeli counterparts the wall was located in the West Bank.

"The Western Wall is not in your territory", the official reportedly said.

"The president wasn't even aware of where this information came from", said Trump's national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster.

President Donald Trump heads to Israel next week where he is poised to make history by becoming the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall - one of the holiest sites in Judaism.

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In the wake of the turmoil, Trump's visit Israel next week could certainly prove to be a contentious one.

The leaders closed the letter by requesting of the president to send a message early in his term that the "U.S. will honor its strongest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East by respecting their capital city-Jerusalem-and immediately moving the US Embassy there". Shortly later, it annexed the territory claiming it as part of its "indivisible" capital.

"Israel is convinced that this statement contradicts President Trump's policies". But Trump has said Jewish settlements "don't help the [peace] process".

His remarks came a day after a diplomatic spat opened between U.S. and Israeli officials over Trump's planned stop at the site next week.

"I prayed for the president and I wished him success, especially on his upcoming trip", Friedman said in a video posted on the United States embassy's Twitter feed.

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"We look forward to working with the new administration to find new ways and to think of new ideas, of how to move forward and build trust between Israelis and Palestinians", he added.

NY [U.S.], May 16:: A rift has been created between Washington and Jerusalem after an American diplomat described the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City as part of the West Bank.

"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.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 in moves never recognised by the global community.

In fact, he (Netanyahu) repeated the calls for the U.S.to move their embassy to Jerusalem today. "His love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock-solid and enjoys his highest priority".

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