What Abbas hopes to achieve from Trump's Palestine visit
20 May, 2017, 12:56
The report in The Post follows a recent report in Israel Hayom that quoted Trump's Ambassador to Israel David Friedman saying the exact opposite.
However, Diament said in an interview, his group was still watching to see whether Trump would exercise the six-month waiver of the 1995 law, which every president has done since the law was passed, and which he must do by June 1.
No country in the world has its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem since the status of the city remains disputed in the eyes of the worldwide community.
When Friedman arrived in Israel this week, his first act was to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, a symbolic departure from usual protocol.
The Israeli government tells Newsweek Trump's visit to the country, in which he plans to revive the moribund peace process, will go ahead as planned.
On May 15, US national security adviser H.R. McMaster announced that Trump will offer a prayer at the Western Wall and will drop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site Christians believe is the location of Jesus' tomb. Officially, the United Nations, the United States and others consider the Old City and East Jerusalem occupied territory and do not recognize Israel's claim to sovereignty over it. "We have a schedule, we have a plan and everything is going ahead, absolutely", says Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesperson for the foreign ministry, speaking over the phone from Israel.
As a result, the U.S. State Department turned down a request for Netanyahu to accompany Trump and his family when they visit the site on Monday.
Trump has boasted that with his negotiating skills he can bring Israelis and Palestinians together to resolve one of the world's most intractable conflicts and do "the ultimate deal".
While welcoming Trump's efforts and committing themselves to work with him, some Palestinian officials remain wary that he has yet to publicly back a two-state solution, the longtime bedrock of US and global policy.
The decision by President Trump to share sensitive intelligence with the Russians that was provided by Israel has created another flap for the administration.
During the time between surveys, the president has welcomed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House.