Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace

Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace

President Trump has decided not to immediately move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a senior White House official said, breaking a campaign promise but avoiding a provocation that could drive Palestinians away from peace talks.

Flying in directly from his first stop in Saudi Arabia, Trump is unlikely to lay out Middle East peace proposals, not least because, as aides acknowledge, his administration has yet to craft a strategy.

Many Israelis might nonetheless be surprised to see that the current United States administration, which has repeatedly affirmed its unwavering support of and friendship to Israel's right-wing government, signaling its adoption of the widespread global position, especially as regards the Golan Heights.

"If you look at what the president has said since taking office about settlements, his position has been remarkably different than the Obama administration's", Friedman continued.

Perhaps the most sensitive is what Trump ends up saying - or not saying - about a promise he made during the election campaign to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bannon and Friedman are reportedly pressing Trump to take a substitute step if he decides not to move the embassy, such as a issuing a presidential declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Many in the worldwide community do not consider any part of Jerusalem to be part of Israel, arguing that the city's status must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. "On the contrary, it would advance it by correcting an historical injustice and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel".

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.

The exercise included practicing the Trump convoy's drive to the President's Residence and to the Western Wall.

An official in Netanyahu's office said the USA comment was "received with astonishment" and that Israel had asked the White House for an explanation.

The global community, including all previous USA administrations, has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over any of these areas.

On Tuesday Trump will meet with Abbas in Bethlehem rather than at P.A. headquarters in Ramallah.

USA officials had confirmed on May 17 that Trump had relayed highly classified intel on the Islamic State with Russian officials at the White House.

During the time between surveys, the president has welcomed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House.

"In Jerusalem, President Trump will meet with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem".