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Trump administration has not demanded settlement freeze, new ambassador to Israel says

Trump administration has not demanded settlement freeze, new ambassador to Israel says Trump administration has not demanded settlement freeze, new ambassador to Israel says
Eleena Tovar | 18 May, 2017, 16:37

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman played down the episode, and reiterated Israel's partnership with the U.S.

Israel's Channel 2 news reported Monday that the Israeli authorities had asked whether Mr Netanyahu could accompany the president and whether Israeli news would be allowed to film there, but were rudely told by a member of the USA consulate in Jerusalem: "What are you talking about?"

In a statement that made no mention of the stabbing attack on Saturday, Amman called the shooting death of the attacker, identified as 57-year-old Jordanian citizen Muhammad Abdullah Salim Al-Kassji, "a heinous crime" and demanded full details on the circumstances leading to his death.

The wall is in Jerusalem.

The wall, part of the perimeter of the Jewish Second Temple, sits on territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and has been a flashpoint of violence in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians seek the West Bank and Gaza for a future state, with east Jerusalem as their capital.

"The Americans implied that their Israeli colleagues should "be careful" as of January 20, Trump's inauguration date, when transferring intelligence information to the White House and to the National Security Council (NSC), which is subject to the president", Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

A US official clarified to Conservative Review that the official Trump administration position on Jerusalem is the same as the Obama administration's. He urged Netanyahu to stand firm during the visit.

"Israeli officials appear to be growing increasingly nervous over Trump's visit, when he is expected to make an attempt at re-launching long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians", Fox New announced. Even more remarkable is that Trump chose to confide in representatives of an adversary, who could relay the information to its allies Iran and Syria, bitter enemies of Israel, and potentially find the source. But on Israel, they may be feeding him the same myths that drove Obama to put pressure on the Jewish state rather than the Palestinians.

"Israel's stance is that all the embassies belong in Israel's capital of Jerusalem, and the US Embassy should be one of the first to move".

In another segment of the interview released before airing, Haley reiterated her support for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. However, the prime minister's spokesman, David Keyes, said the only topic discussed was Trump's scheduled visit to Israel next week.

According to Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster, "the president will declare an irrevocable alliance with Israel and strengthen ties with the closest US ally in the Middle East".

With the back-and-forth, many pro-Israel Americans and Israelis are apprehensive about what will take place next week. "Even if Israel was harmed by Trump's behavior, it won't rush to make this public".

Adding more uncertainty as to what will happen in the upcoming days, Fox News Foreign Correspondent Connor Powell posted a concerning tweet earlier this week.

"I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem because if you look at all their government is in Jerusalem", Haley told CBN Tuesday.

However, Netanyahu's office immediately rejected the claim as false.