Israel seeks to contain fallout from Trump intel sharing

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

The maps, shown in a video promoting President Donald Trump's visit to Israel and other Middle Eastern countries, removed the West Bank and Golan Heights area as belonging to Israel.

The young man, 23, died of a bullet in the head shot by a Jewish settler passing through Huwara village south of the city of Nablus.

"The Israelis who attended the meeting said that the Americans advised them not to expose any sensitive sources to members of the Trump administration, lest that information reach Iranian hands, until it becomes clear that Trump does not have a compromised relationship with Russian Federation", the paper reported at the time.

Trump said settlement building was "not helpful" for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House and appeared to rollback on his pledge to move the U.S embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Like [former President Harry] Truman, Mr. Trump must contend with well-entrenched anti-Israel bureaucrats at the State Department who will try to use their positions to make moving the embassy hard".

Friedman arrived in Israel on Monday and traveled straight from Ben Gurion Airport to the Western Wall where he prayed for the success of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has chosen to make his first worldwide visit, as president, to the State of Israel next week on May 22-23.

In the poll of 500 Jewish-Israeli adults conducted this week for The Jerusalem Post, 56 percent said they considered the Trump administration more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian. The senior clergy have denounced militant Islamic doctrines, such as those of al Qaeda or Islamic State, but still preach intolerant views.

A US official said the information, about an IS threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from Israel, and there were concerns that a valuable Israeli asset could be in danger.

An unnamed senior White House official told Bloomberg Politics the move would not be "wise to do it at this time". But on foreign policy and specifically his attitude toward Israel and Jerusalem, Trump the outsider has become Trump the wimp.

The Israeli leader, whose far-right coalition partners oppose the creation of a Palestinian state, has told his ministers he is waiting to hear more from Trump before making any proposals of his own. Putting the embassy move on hold is essential to any diplomacy with the Palestinians.

"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.

The Orthodox Union, which had complained earlier in the week about McMaster's comments, was "disappointed" in the news that Trump would not be moving the embassy now, said Nathan Diament, its Washington director.

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

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