JERUSALEM-It wasn’t meant to be this way.
Jerusalem Old City from Mount of Olives.
Previous presidents, including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, pledged to move the embassy, only to abandon the idea in the face of political reality.
She claimed little knowledge of what precisely happened during the row but had no problem adding “I know that they’re trying to fix it and get that taken care of, but we’ve always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel“. But Netanyahu managed to do this because the Right was united in opposing Obama, and was thus united with the prime minister in opposing the president’s demands.
On March 21, 2016, then-candidate Trump addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (aipac) in downtown New York City. Meanwhile, the Israel Police is continuously conducting additional exercises as part of their preparations for the visit.
He promised that when he became president, things would be different.
President Donald Trump has canceled a planned visit and speech at Masada after authorities told him that he could not land his helicopter on top of the UNESCO-listed site, Newsweek reports.
Trump has previously said he wants to work for Middle East peace, which he has said “frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years”.
Or, will it be the Donald Trump who a week later stood with the secretary-general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation – an organization he’d earlier declared obsolete – and pledged to work with the decades-old alliance to clean up a messy world?
Mladenov said:”I condemn today’s reported killing of a Palestinian by an Israeli settler and the wounding of a photojournalist in the occupied West Bank“.
After publication of the remarks on Monday evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office expressed shock, sought clarifications from the White House, and said it did not believe the comments reflected Trump’s views.
Congress recognized Jerusalem as Israeli in 1995, but successive presidents have waived a provision in that law that requires the United States to move the embassy there from Tel Aviv. “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.
“It is foolish to think delaying the decision to move the Embassy will somehow pave the way for peace negotiations”, Staver asserted in the release.
Fatah party central committee member and former PA chairman Rawhi Fattouh denied funding for terrorists harms the prospects for peace, and even argued that the subsidising of violent anti-Israel terrorism actually makes a lasting peace more attainable. The official who had asked not to be identified told Bloomberg News that the new decision was aimed at avoiding any and all provocations that could jeopardize peace talks with the Palestinians.
Doesn’t want settlement expanded.
“To delay or not move the Embassy is a sign of weakness that will embolden the enemies of Israel“, Staver concluded. However, those issues alone wouldn’t necessarily worry Israel.
But whether those views are realized or not will depend on the long-range diplomacy Mr. Trump is launching with Israel and major Arab states to shape a lasting agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The general consensus in Israel, on the left and the right, is that conditions are not now ripe for a peace deal. Israel’s illusions have served to create the logic for the continuing occupation, and Palestinian extremists cling to their illusions just as blindly as the Israelis, which leads to resistance to and fear of change. Alternatively, the State of Israel can outline its own vision for the future of the region: “regional economic development based on initiative, preventing a second Palestinian state to the one in Gaza”. And occasional reports like this surface. The only way there will be progress in the Middle East is when Israel ceases to believe that it is completely unaccountable and can act with impunity toward the Palestinian subjects who make up half the population under its control.
According to Israeli emergency services, some 48 Israelis have been killed and 608 wounded in attacks by individual Palestinians since August 2015 – the latest bout of violence.
Trump and his team have given few details of what has been touted as the “ultimate deal“.
President Trump has professed his strong desire to reach the “ultimate deal” of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. That includes France’s newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, who denounced Trump’s musings on abandoning the Paris climate treaty, a likely point of contention in Sicily.