Trump feeling pressure for embassy move to Jerusalem

Pauline Gross
May 30, 2017

"The US has promised to maintain Israel's qualitative advantage in the Middle East", the premier stated.

There were many unprecedented moments during the two-day Saudi-US summit in Riyadh in May.

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was caught on microphone badmouthing the media to President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, shortly after the two landed in Tel Aviv (video below). Still, the obstacles standing in the way of the deal that Trump says he seeks are nearly all to be found in the domestic political arenas in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

"Big, big, lovely difference", Trump said to loud applause from his audience, which included members of Netanyahu's Cabinet and other officials.

Such a move would be controversial because the United Nations and many countries regard portions of Jerusalem as Palestinian territory.

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told he believes Trump is receiving pressure to nix the embassy move from "some Muslim nations, some establishment people in the State Department, and even no doubt from some people in his own party and in Israel". Breaking with America's longstanding exclusive support for two states, Trump said at the time, "I'm looking at two state and one state, and I like the one that both parties like..."

Trump and Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas discussed the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians during a press conference in Bethlehem on Tuesday.

In a joint appearance with Trump in Bethlehem, Abbas said the Palestinians wanted a peace agreement based on the two-state solution: a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem alongside Israel.

This was music to the ears of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, who has always been saying that his country is building connections with some Arab states and who strongly believes that any deal would need a regional element, to talk seriously about peace.

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Later on Tuesday, Trump will return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and give a speech at the Israel Museum before wrapping up his two-day stop.

Trump came to power promising to be the most pro-Israel president in United States history. "King Salman feels very strongly, and I can tell you would love to see peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

Dan Shapiro, former USA ambassador to Israel, told a conference call on Tuesday with the Israel Policy Forum that Trump's visit left both the Israelis and the Palestinians happy.

However, said Larijani, Saudi Arabia has never contributed to any conflict against Israel.

Phased over a 10-year period, U.S. administration officials say it is the biggest single arms deal in American history.

President Donald Trump is "putting a lot of pressure" on Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Hundreds of Israeli settlers on Wednesday forced their way into East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to a Palestinian official.

"As we stand in Jerusalem, we see pilgrims of all faiths coming to this land to walk on this hallowed ground", Trump continued later, after talking about security.

Other reports by GizPress

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