Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?

She added, "Nothing defines the unique relationship between the United States and Israel more than the scripture from the book of Leviticus in our Bible inscribed on the Liberty Bell - 'Proclaim Liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof'".

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 USA and Israel before President Trump even steps foot in Israel.

But a number of small incidents in the run up to the trip, have clarified that Trump's White House is hesitant to make those policy statements.

Whatever else ensues from this latest freakish Trumpian controversy, it highlights the fact that the relationship between the U.S. and the Jewish state shouldn't be seen - as Israel's critics and foes often seek to portray it - as a case of the latter exploiting or manipulating the former against its best interests.

Israel's Channel Two reported that Israeli officials offering to help plan the event were told by American counterparts it was not their remit.

"It's an issue that's had serious consideration".

The president will also go to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis who has said he will not make any judgments about Trump before meeting him.

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Trump has boasted that with his negotiating skills he can bring Israelis and Palestinians together to resolve one of the world's most intractable conflicts and do "the ultimate deal".

When Donald Trump was elected president, Israeli nationalists rejoiced that a reputed strong ally would be moving into the White House.

He was pressed on that point twice and ducked it both times.

Trump has backed away from other campaign promises as well.

"Obviously I believe that the [Israeli] capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem", Haley declared, cited by the Washington Examiner. So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem. When the Israeli government asked to have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany Trump to the Wall, they were shot down and reportedly told that as far as the Americans were concerned, the holy site was part of the West Bank.

A crackdown by Palestinian security agencies on activity by armed Palestinian groups targeting Israel is not a foregone conclusion by much of the Palestinian public, which views terror attacks against Israeli military or civilian targets as legitimate action against the occupation in a bid to hasten the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

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