US President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office at the White House as First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania look on in Washington, DC, on April 5, 2017.
President Donald Trump's plan to become the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall is likely to be the most dramatic moment of his 26-hour trip to Israel, said two USA experts on Israeli diplomacy convened Tuesday, May 16, by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.
The warning from USA government agencies sets them firmly at odds with top Trump advisers and the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who have all urged Trump to follow through with the proposal and announce the dramatic shift in longstanding United States policy during an upcoming trip to Israel on May 22.
Israel captured the Old City and the rest of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war.
The visit, which comes a week before the first foreign tour of Trump, coincided with a dispute between the two sides over the election pledge of Trump to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
David Friedman was officially received by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin as new USA ambassador in a ceremony Tuesday, less than a week before President Donald Trump is set to visit.
As President Trump prepares for his first foreign trip as president, there's a report that a US official caused some strife with Israeli counterparts ahead of his visit to Israel next week.
Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 in moves never recognised by the global community.
Also on Tuesday, a senior USA official said Trump still intends to fulfill his campaign promise of relocation.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman presented his diplomatic credentials to President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday during an official ceremony, pledging to do all within his power to take the Israel-U.S. relationship to "new heights".
The Old City also is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.
Just another day at the Western Wall. He said the topic would be discussed between Trump and his counterparts during next week's trip.
He said the Arab countries have adopted a clear position that supports the Palestinian cause during the 28th Arab Summit on March 29, affirming that it would be the same position that Trump would hear during his meetings in Riyadh.
"It will advance it by righting a historical wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel", Netanyahu said. He said Israel must oppose attempts to establish a Palestinian state and insist on Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem "forever".
We can't say that Jerusalem is in Israel?
During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to move the "American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem".