White House Announces US Embassy Will Not Move to Jerusalem - For Now


S. president next week.

President Trump will visit five different countries over the course of nine days. But with mounting obstacles at home and overseas, he faces long odds of succeeding where more experienced predecessors have failed.

The divided city of Jerusalem, where Donald Trump was planning to move the U.S. embassy to Israel. "Once President Trump understands our determination and unequivocally takes a stand in favor of the move, his administration and all the other countries will follow".

Shabtai Shavit, former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency, told The Associated Press that his "gut feeling is that anyone who belongs to the professional club is very angry".

"It was going to be challenging for both sides separate from the intelligence gaffe", said Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

"We shared a lot of sensitive intelligence about terrorism operations that were planned against the Russians", he said. The president himself will stay at the King David - a mainstay of such visits - in a suite with rocket-resistant glass. He will first visit Saudi Arabia before coming to Jerusalem to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"These things are formulated weeks if not months before such a visit, but it seems that the White House is in such disarray that it's not clear what will happen", said Eytan Gilboa, the director of the Center of International Communication at Bar-Ilan University.

Israeli officials appear unconvinced. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat and former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni spoke at the World Economic Forum's regional meeting Saturday.

He arrives in Israel on Monday after stopping first in Riyadh, while his Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt landed in Israel on Thursday to prepare for the president's visit.

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It was subsequently suggested that the intel came from Israel, prompting officials from the Jewish state to say they were hugely preoccupied by the reports.

The construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank must stop to allow prospects for a viable two-state solution, urge MEPs.

In case someone is still unaware of the reality, the current status quo of refusing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has not precluded the Palestinians from carrying out wave after wave of terrorism, intifadas and refusal to negotiate peace. Israeli politicians are unsure what Trump's message will be.

In a reversal of the roles played before the election, it is the Palestinians who are confident of Trump's visit, while the Israelis worry.

HALEY: "I don't know what the policy of the administration is, but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that that is how, you know, we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue it".

And Trump isn't the first US or Israeli leader to disclose intelligence in a way that made spy professionals cringe.

US President Donald Trump does not plan to announce relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem-al-Quds in the upcoming visit, says a senior administration official.

Trump remains committed to an embassy move and could reaffirm that without specifying a timeframe, one official said. They also have added fuel to concerns about Trump walking back campaign promises to bolster the Jewish state.