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Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?

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American and Israeli flags flutter in the wind atop the roof of the King David Hotel in preparation for the upcoming visit of President Trump to Israel in Jerusalem. REUTERS  Ronen Zvulun

"It's clearly in Jerusalem", he told reporters.

On Tuesday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and White House Press Secretary repeatedly refused to state the Western Wall is in Israel.

Such an embassy, to the contrary, would make a clear US declaration that Israel's place in Jerusalem is non-negotiable, so work on the grand peace deal Trump envisions could concentrate on other issues.

Intelligence-sharing between Israel's Mossad and the CIA predated this period, but the conversion of an arms-length relationship into a strategic alliance grew in the 1970s and then especially the 1980s during the Reagan administration.

David Friedman, the new USA ambassador to Israel, visiting the Western Wall, May 15, 2017.

Make THIS year the year that you visit Jerusalem - on the 2017 WND Tour that will be led by Joseph and Elizabeth Farah, and will feature appearances by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador David Freidman.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in preparation for next week's visit by Trump, is known to be hoping to gain support for the U.S. embassy move, as it would be interpreted as validating Israel's 1967 annexation of the eastern section of Jerusalem, and a slap in the face to Palestine's original claims on the region.

We predict - along with many others who have lived through other efforts to bring the two parties together - that there may be moments of hope but they will be followed by years of despair.

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The alleys and passageways of Jerusalem's ancient Old City, which Trump visited later in the day, were essentially under lockdown. That refrain echoed the Saudi King Salman's description of the Iranian government as "the tip of the spear of global terrorism".

"The Western Wall is, obviously, one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith". Palestinian aides have prepared a presentation created to show the president and his entourage how the PA rehabilitated the areas under its control since the end of the second intifada against Israel in 2005. "It's part of the West Bank".

Israel and Palestine each claim the contested city as their capital.

"There's no planned announcement for the embassy on the trip", the White House official said.

In another segment of the interview released before airing, Haley reiterated her support for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

"I think the president's being very measured in how he goes about this".

The letter, which was presented to the president days before his scheduled visit to the Middle East, was an initiative of the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI), an informal network of Christian leaders representing some 60 million Christians in America.

Based on Trump's campaign promises, that deadline to act on the embassy issue should have been irrelevant.

The last round of peace talks collapsed in 2014, a key stumbling block being Israel's settlement-building on occupied land that Palestinians want for a state.

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