McMaster declines to say whether Western Wall is in Israel

McMaster declines to say whether Western Wall is in Israel

McMaster declines to say whether Western Wall is in 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".

The diplomatic dust-up happened, according to Israel's Channel Two News, when US representatives in Jerusalem turned down a request to have Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tag along with Trump, saying the president was making a "private" visit to Judaism's holiest sites. The Trump administration quickly disavowed the statement, but stopped short of saying the Western Wall belonged to Israel.

The Western Wall is part of Israel, US Ambassador to the UN Nikkey Haley said on Tuesday as she took a number of stands that appears to differ from the Trump Administration. Then, on May 3, Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, was hosted at the White House.

Israel will be the second stop on Trump's first foreign trip, following Saudi Arabia.

USA officials planning the trip reportedly rejected an offer by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accompany Trump, saying Monday that the Western Wall was in the West Bank.

Trump pledged to move the embassy to Jerusalem during his campaign, but has since backed away, saying the move was still being looked at.

The rival claims to Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and no countries now have their embassies in occupied Jerusalem, instead basing them in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv.

"They do not reflect the United States position, and certainly not the president's position", the spokesperson said.

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"It will be a topic that's going to be discussed during the President's trip between the parties that he meets with", Spicer said.

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, centre, visits the Western Wall on Monday.

This evening, US officials reiterated that the embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but warned Israel against pressuring the administration any further about the topic. He just needed to say, publicly, that he never told Trump not to move the embassy.

The Western Wall, in east Jerusalem's Old City, is the remnant of the ancient temple, destroyed more than 2,000 years ago.

Netanyahu said that "not only would moving the embassy not harm the peace process, but to the contrary".

McMaster, speaking to reporters Tuesday, declined to confirm whether the wall is part of Israel.

Netanyahu responded by saying that moving the U.S. embassy would not harm the peace process, but would do the opposite.

Rivlin called on the "whole world to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of the state of Israel".

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