Trump mulling over Jerusalem embassy move: Tillerson

Trump mulling over Jerusalem embassy move: Tillerson

The visit will provide an opportunity for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process, and regional and global issues, external affairs ministry said.

The statement did not go over well in Israel.

In a statement Sunday, Netanyahu said moving the embassy would "not only not harm the peace process, rather the opposite", according to The Washington Post. Palestinians also claim Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state and past peace proposals have proposed splitting the city between East and West Jerusalem, or creating an internationally governed city.

Hours after the interview was broadcast, Netanyahu issued a rare statementresponding to Tillerson's remarks. The embassy question came towards the end, at the 12-minute mark.

The U.S. passed a law in 1995 mandating the relocation of its embassy, but since then every U.S. president has signed a six-month waiver delaying the move - citing concerns over national security.

Tel Aviv - The plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Western Jerusalem has turned into a public dispute between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the US Administration.

It was the first time a senior Trump administration officials acknowledged that moving the embassy may deteriorate the situation.

But Bennett is snapping at his heels, afraid that Trump is not the same president who had "more than once lauded Jewish settlement throughout the Land of Israel and about moving the embassy to Jerusalem", but the man about whom he said, "Since being elected and to date, there has been a change in the spirit of things, and the sources of that change aren't entirely clear". After stopping in Saudi Arabia, Trump will visit both Israel and the Palestinian territories, in a nod to his nascent bid to strike the Israeli-Palestinian deal that has eluded his predecessors. Jerusalem was formally annexed by the Knesset in 1980.

Those cautioning against the embassy move warn that such a decision could trigger uproar in the Palestinian territories and across the Arab world and add another obstacle in the already-complicated path to peace.

New Delhi is hosting Abbas ahead of Hindu nationalist Modi's unprecedented visit to Israel reportedly in July, the first-ever by an Indian premier, with observers calling it a balancing act by India to assuage both sides. The visit is shaping up to be potentially rocky.

"The claims by a Fox News correspondent are false", Mr Netanyahu's office said. It's none of your business. It's not even part of your responsibility. "It's part of the West Bank", Israeli TV reported today.

In 1980, Israel declared "reunited" Jerusalem its capital in a move unrecognised by major states.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, center, visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, May 15, 2017.

Noting India's prominence in the global arena, Abbas said New Delhi had to play a role in the Middle East peace process. "He has told Trump that Palestinians are impossible negotiating partners and make demands that Israel can never meet". In the other, billionaire mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who contributed $5 million to President Trump's inauguration, in addition to $80 million to various GOP candidates in 2016 alone.

The firm denial coming from the prime minister's office was backed by a rare and unusual move.



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