Trump on Wednesday welcomed Vladimir Putin's top diplomat to the White House for Trump's highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian government official since he took office in January. But as Trump prepares to visit the region this weekend, apprehension reigns instead.
This new development happened days ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump on an ultra-sensitive status of Jerusalem.
Trump or any other "mediator" can not expect Israel to make peace with a Palestinian state that rewards the family of any Palestinian who kills or damages an Israeli.
"I get the sense that there are certain questions indeed", said Michael Oren, a deputy government minister involved in visit preparations, addressing the question of jitters on the Palestinian issue.
Ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Israel, top Christian Zionist organizations and leaders are calling on the president to fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite reports that Trump is unlikely to make the move in the near future.
Israel reportedly gave the intelligence information to the United States that President Trump shared with Russian Federation officials at the White House last week.
"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". "That is how it will continue to be". The official wasn't authorized to comment by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Danny Yatom, a former director of the spy agency, called the leak a "grave violation" and said that Israel should punish Washington for it. "My gut feeling is that anyone who belongs to the professional club is very angry".
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said he had complete confidence in the American intelligence community.
The resolution also features numerous allegations against Israel and a statement that Jerusalem should be "the capital of both states" - an Israeli and a Palestinian one.
The intel uproar followed a spat this week over Jerusalem.
Then, the president's national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer wouldn't say the Western Wall is in Israel during press briefings - adding fuel to the already fiery headlines and raising concerns about problems between the us and Israel before President Trump even steps foot in Israel.
For as long as Trump is consumed by his domestic crisis, it is unlikely a final deal between the Palestinians and Israel will remain anything more than a lofty ambition.
Sources close to Bennett said in response that he "was elected to protect the interests of Israel, not those of the White House".
The letter also pointed to the Republican National Convention's 2016 party platform, which recognized Jerusalem "as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state". It does get closer to reality - the prior "Arab Peace Plan" in 2002 required that Israel withdraw from all the territory acquired in the 1967 war, including Jerusalem, before the Arab States would consider - consider, mind you - ending their state of war with Israel. But McMaster and Sean Spicer both repeatedly and deliberately declined to state that the Western Wall is Israeli territory, and it will make Friedman's job extremely hard if he clashes with McMaster or the State Department over this issue, or put McMaster in an untenable position if Trump publicly sells out his national security adviser. Trump is to visit the site by himself.
President Trump will visit Israel on May 22 and he will visit the Western Wall and meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. An Israeli military spokeswoman said a "violent riot broke out" that saw Palestinians throw rocks at passing cars.
Third, it should be remembered that many on the political right in Israel made the mistake of taking Trump's campaign rhetoric at face value. "Trump has not come out and said that settlements are an obstacle to peace; he has not called for a settlement freeze". These opportunities really do form the basis for a meaningful peace process-one, moreover, that won't depend on the fate of a single president.
"We have no demand for a settlement freeze", Friedman said in an interview with Israel Hayom.
"The United States is not going to impose upon the parties its views of how to live together". If Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who are familiar with the politics and theology of divided prayer within Orthodoxy, come as well, how do they feel about the Orthodox monopoly over the Western Wall plaza, and will they feel pressured to make a gesture to the 90% of American Jews who are not Orthodox?