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New American Ambassador Presents Credentials to Israeli President

New American Ambassador Presents Credentials to Israeli President

The new USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, presented his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. But with mounting obstacles at home and overseas, he faces long odds of succeeding where more experienced predecessors have failed.

No sitting US President has ever done so, all avoiding one of the most explosive subjects in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. He'll also visit Masada and Bethlehem, officials have announced. Netanyahu wanted to join Trump on his visit to the Wall, which is unprecedented for a sitting president. It did not suggest, however, that Trump himself might disclose highly sensitive intelligence material to Russian Federation. Top advisers he has tasked with nuts-and-bolts negotiations, led by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, are also lacking experience.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump at the White House on February 16, 2017. But in the run-up to the trip, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino have spoken of "Palestine".

Israeli officials appear unconvinced.

"I know that they are trying to fix that and get that taken care of, we have always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel", Haley said.

During a trip to Saudi Arabia that begins with his arrival in Riyadh on Saturday, Trump will express support for forming a NATO-like force for the Middle East, backed by Gulf states, the official said. "We don't think it's the right time just yet", the aide said. The Palestinians see it as the capital of a future independent state. Marc Schulman writes that it is finally sinking in to the Israeli right that all their hopes Trump would embrace their dreams have been dashed.

Israeli officials have been especially unnerved by Trump.




It said that Trump told Lavrov about a specific IS bomb threat.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said, on Monday, that "there is no chance for a Palestinian state".

An unnamed senior administration official on Wednesday told Bloomberg News that it would be "unwise to do it at this time" as President Donald Trump is getting ready to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks to move the embassy.

Trump's visit comes a week before a deadline for him to exercise a semiannual waiver to postpone action on a congressional decision two decades ago calling for the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem. Israel captured the Old City and the rest of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area, in a move that most of the world community does not recognize.

"In December, the Obama administration failed to veto a United Nations resolution that said Israel had "no validity" in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) in the eastern sector of Jerusalem", Stahl recounted.

The official said Trump still feels the accord is a bad deal for the American economy. Since taking office, Trump has yet to speak of a Palestinian state. Any potential move by the USA would likely be viewed as provocative to Palestinians, who claim the city as the capital of a future state, and the leaders of the region's Arab nations.

Some Gulf Arab diplomats have floated the notion of making a positive gesture toward Israel, possibly a limited upgrading of diplomatic and economic ties, in exchange for up-front concessions to the Palestinians.


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