Tillerson: Trump Concerned About Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

At this stage, he will work out of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and will live in the ambassador's residence in Herzliya.

Trump was right the first time: the USA embassy in Israel should be located in that country's capital, as it is, to my knowledge, in every other country in the world.

In an unusual move, Netanyahu also partially released the minutes of a meeting he had with Trump in Washington in February, showing he had pressed the new president to move the embassy.

A White House spokesman later told CNN: "These comments were not authorized by the White House".

His comments drew a quick response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "It's part of the West Bank", Israeli TV reported today.

According to the report, the Israeli delegation was so angry that members started shouting. It considers the entire city to be its eternal capital and next week is set to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of what it calls the unification of Jerusalem.

Israel seized in 1967 the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinians want to establish their future state.

Since 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing assaults. "They do not reflect the United States position, and certainly not the President's position".

A senior member of a U.S. delegation preparing for President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Israel reportedly snapped that the Western Wall is "not your territory" while discussing details of the president's visit to the Jerusalem holy site with with Israeli counterparts on Monday.

Speaking of Trump, he said: "His love for and commitment to the state of Israel is rock solid and it enjoys his highest priority".

In an annual summit in the northwestern Jordanian city of Sweimeh last month, the Arab League heads of state reiterated support for an independent Palestinian state, while censuring the Israeli regime for its continued settlement construction in the occupied territories.

The trip will also be colored by questions over the status of the US Embassy in Israel, which Trump promised to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his campaign.

Friedman, a fundraiser for settlement causes and vocal critic of liberal Jewish groups, has backtracked from some of his controversial positions. In an apparent coincidence, Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, was visiting at the same time and briefly spoke to Friedman.

The President is scheduled to fly into Ben Gurion worldwide airport on 22 May, 12 miles south-east of Tel Aviv, before being whisked away to Jerusalem by helicopter.

Netanyahu told Friedman his immediate visit to the Western Wall was "a strong gesture of solidarity". "I wished him success, especially on his upcoming trip".

While Trump has not taken any action on his pledge to move the embassy so far, the Palestinian leadership fiercely opposes any such effort, and the worldwide community has warned that it could spark unrest. He has also accepted an invitation to visit Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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