Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?


"But the buck does not stop with bureaucrats", he wrote. On the flip side the map does not offer an illustration exclusively for the Palestinian territories nor does it refer to Palestine as a state. "The global community's decision to cower before Israel's enemies by keeping embassies in Tel Aviv is disgraceful". Nevertheless, the Palestinian Authority claims the Temple Mount, where the Western Wall is located, and that Jerusalem is the capital of the nascent Palestinian state. But every sitting president since then has opted to sign successive six-month waivers delaying the move.

Yet it gives the president broad discretion to determine whether moving the embassy is in the "national security interests" of the United States.

Other prominent evangelical Christian leaders have also called on Trump to keep his word, and relocate the embassy.

"The president said during the campaign that he believes the capital of Israel is where the embassy should be, but because we're having great conversations with everyone right now we don't think it would be a time to do that so we don't plan to do that on this trip".

Trump conspicuously promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem at an AIPAC event in March of 2016. "Many of our constituents cast their vote for you due to this commitment, '" the letter said.

The Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit litigation, education and policy group "dedicated to advancing religious freedom".

One possible factor: the absence of a firm decision as to whether he will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised. Israeli officials have sought to draw distinctions between the Old City, where the Western Wall is, East Jerusalem, which includes areas surrounding the city, and the West Bank in general, though they were all captured at the same time in the same war.

Senior Trump administration officials told the Free Beacon that the use of these maps was unintentional and that the error has been corrected.

Back in January, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Administration was "in the early stages of the decision making process" on the embassy move.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley waded into a diplomatic minefield by asserting that the Western Wall is part of Israel, a deviation from US policy.

The official said Trump's administration did not want to complicate efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by announcing the transfer of the embassy.

Tillerson said Trump has taken a "deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of the peace initiative, what impact would such a move have".

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