Why Trump's promise to move United States embassy to Jerusalem is so controversial

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2017

In a statement released Saturday titled: "A call for unity and assimilation with our fearless prisoners", Ramallah-based Islamist and nationalist factions urged the public to join rallies to express their rejection to the resumption of peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel under USA sponsorship.

Erekat said the message to those gathered in Saudi Arabia is that ending Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem - lands Palestinians seek for their state - is key to defeating terrorism.

"He said. he will not impose solutions on us or on the Israelis", Erekat said.

Eyebrows went up because those views don't reflect the longstanding policy of the US government.

During his visit, President Trump should make clear, consistent with his efforts to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace, that he will fulfill his promise and begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Some of Trump's domestic troubles are likely to follow him to Israel, too, amid reports that the classified secrets he shared with Russian diplomats this month had come from Israel.

"I believe that the last affair regarding intelligence materials that were disclosed to third parties is going to affect the relationship a little bit because this is beyond the regular relationship of the two relationship communities and infringes the tradition in that field", said Gilead Sher, who served as chief of staff for former Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

"The [two or one-state] discussion of this topic, I think, is extremely misleading", Chomsky added, which is "either a two-state settlement in accord with the worldwide consensus, which USA officially, more or less, agrees to, or else one-state, in which Palestinians can fight for civil rights in an anti-apartheid struggle, and Israel has to be concerned about the so-called demographic problem".

Jerusalem municipality worker hangs American and Israeli flags near the President's House in Jerusalem on May 18, 2017, in preparation for the upcoming visit of US President Donald Trump. He rejects the 1967 borders as indefensible and says that Israeli sovereignty over its "eternal capital" Jerusalem, including the Old City with its Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy places, is not negotiable. The official who had asked not to be identified told Bloomberg News that the new decision was aimed at avoiding any and all provocations that could jeopardize peace talks with the Palestinians.

On Sunday evening, Friedman attended a celebration of Israel's capture of east Jerusalem 50 years ago, days after the White House declined to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the area.

Trump hosted Abbas at the White House on May 3, pledging to help end the decades-old conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.

"The Western Wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in Jewish faith".

"There is a majority in the Israeli parliament and in the Israeli public that support not only the vague idea of two states for two peoples, but really decision-making", she said. The worldwide community says the fate of east Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians, must be resolved through negotiations. "This is the way to prosperity, peace and stability in the region", he said.

Trump's fierce pro-Israel stance has limits, and just like past USA presidents, Trump has his own agenda, Herzog suggested.

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