U.S. embassy move would 'end peace process': PLO official

U.S. embassy move would 'end peace process': PLO official

"If the whole hotel blows up the suite will come down in one piece, so maybe a few broken bones, but they will be alive", said Ritz.

Moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would end the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday.

That President Trump will be the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall, assuming it happens, is profoundly significant.

Eyebrows went up because those views don't reflect the longstanding policy of the US government.

"We are talking here about a delay for half a year, so nothing is definite", Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). Trump and his family will also have food testers, and 10,000 police officers will be deployed in Jerusalem, a city both Israel and Palestine claim as their capital. The rebuke surprised Netanyahu's government, which had just announced plans to build thousands of new homes in the disputed territory.

Trump is expected to visit Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday, even though some in the Israeli government had hoped Trump would snub the Palestinian leader during the trip.

"The visit is very important because it highlights the strength of the relationship between Israel and America", said Israel's minister for regional cooperation, Tzachi Hanegbi, who is a close associate of Netanyahu.

It also didn't help when Trump last week shared classified material about Islamic State group militants with Russian diplomats. "The US embassy and the other embassies ought to be in Jerusalem".

Analysts agree that her choice of words reflected her personal opinions on the issue and not necessarily an official trump administration stance.

President Trump continues foreign trip with Israel visit
The compound is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, and is where the Jewish Temple once stood. Its 50th anniversary, according to the Jewish calendar, begins on Tuesday night, just hours after Trump leaves Israel.

The Trump administration has promised to ensure that Israel maintains its qualitative military advantage in the region.

In Saudi Arabia, Trump is meeting with Arab leaders to Forge stronger alliances to combat terrorism.

Herzog said he was hopeful Trump would "bring with him what I call "a break-the-impasse" " proposal for peace talks. He regularly hears advice on Israel from friends, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who is close to Netanyahu.

He'll make history a second time when he becomes the first serving USA president to visit the Western Wall - the holiest place of prayer for the Jewish people.

Shaked said she believes Trump will fulfill his promises made during the campaign and move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump has repeatedly expressed his desire to bring about a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and claimed that coming to a peace agreement is "not as hard as people have thought over the years".

Under condition of anonymity, a US State Department official declared that the position on control of the Old City is that "no state has sovereignty..."

"There is a majority in the Israeli parliament and in the Israeli public that support not only the vague idea of two states for two peoples, but really decision-making", she said.

That stunned the Palestinians but delighted Netanyahu, who heads a right-wing coalition with pro-settler parties that strongly oppose a Palestinian state.

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