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Trump will convey opposition to 'settlements' during Israel trip

Trump will convey opposition to 'settlements' during Israel trip

In another jolt to Netanyahu and his allies, senior administration officials said on Wednesday that Trump had ruled out any immediate relocation of the USA embassy to Jerusalem, a campaign promise that had pleased Israelis but if implemented would upend decades of United States policy and make it all but impossible for the Palestinians to re-enter talks.

When Netanyahu realized the number of ministerial no-shows, he made attendance mandatory, the minister's office told CNN.

Netanyahu has voiced his wish to improve ties with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as part of an initiative that would draw the Palestinians into an eventual peace deal and as a broad front against Iran's nuclear ambitions. The White House-driven effort is a sharp shift from the practice of USA previous administrations that typically gave secretaries of state those reins.

Despite the talk about Trump not following through with his plans for the move, it is contended that his upcoming trip would be the flawless setting to push it forward - just a few months after Obama refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital ... a few days before leaving office.

Adding to those issues, disarray in the White House over Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and swirling controversy over his aides' contacts with Russian Federation appear to have distracted from efforts to prepare the new president for what could be the most complex leg of his first worldwide tour. "He will reiterate that", the official continued, adding that "(Trump) has not abandoned the two-state solution".

Tuesday, 15:45 pm - Just before leaving Israel, First Lady Melania Trump joins Sara Netanyahu for a visit to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

"It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years", the USA president said at the time.

The United States recognizes the change in the demography of the region, and does not expect Israel to evacuate all settlements in the West Bank.

While Palestinian officials have not released an official schedule, Trump is expected to meet with Abbas at the Bethlehem governor's office and may visit the Church of the Nativity. However Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt has held a series of meetings to promote moves that could improve the economic situation of Palestinians as a way of changing conditions on the ground before a possible resumption of peace negotiations.

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"To the Israelis, ISIS is not that big of a concern", the defense official said.

The last round of peace talks, led by then-President Barack Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, fell apart in 2014.

The Jerusalem Post notes that Trump will need to work to convince Israelis that he is on their side during his visit to the Holy Land next week. Before his appointment as US envoy, Friedman was the chief fund-raiser for the Beit-El settlement, which neighbors the Palestinian city of Ramallah and headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.

"That was good gesture by him", said Mahmoud Mubarak, head of the local council in Jalazoun.

Analyst Ghaith al-Omari said the idea seemed to involve "key Arab States - Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other USA allies - into a regional process that would create, as Trump called it, a "bigger canvas" for reaching peace".

"The issue over many years has not been the mediator in the middle — it's the guys sitting on the other sides of the mediators", said Miller, now a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Netanyahu government has tried to obtain American recognition for annexing the Western Wall, but senior administration officials have avoided the issue until UN Ambassador Nikki Haley supported the Israeli position. "We must not allow the prime minister to continue to miss this opportunity because of his fear of [Jewish Home leader Naftali] Bennett and dread of [Likud hawk Culture Minister Miri] Regev". An independent Palestinian state alongside Israel remains the focus of global peace efforts.

While Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump gained power.

Trump started off his first worldwide trip in Saudi Arabia, where the president and his family received a lavish welcome.

Pace reported from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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