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Sen. Heller joins call for US Embassy move to Jerusalem

Sen. Heller joins call for US Embassy move to Jerusalem

The senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump remains committed to his campaign pledge to ultimately relocate the US embassy but does not plan to announce such a move while on his trip.

Another former intelligence official said the concern is that Israel will start "fuzzing" intelligence it shares with the US, avoiding specifics or detailing how information is obtained. Although Israel annexed it along with all of Jordanian East Jerusalem, the Palestinians and most of the worldwide community consider it part of the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu's office said it was astonished by the comment.

Israeli officials have been especially unnerved by Trump.

"The incidents about the Western Wall were very disturbing", said one politician. "I've heard senior USA government promises of secrecy but compromised as soon as it became politically expedient". "We're a bit exhausted, but we wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the Kotel Hama'aravi, the Western Wall, straight from the airport", said Friedman, whose bar mitzvah took place at the Western Wall. The Palestinians seek the West Bank and Gaza for a future state, with east Jerusalem as their capital.

In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which calls on the executive branch to move the embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital.

They've run the gamut from sharing of sensitive national security information with Russian officials to the disclosure that his former national security adviser was being paid by Turkish interests when he made a key foreign policy decision. Trump is to visit the site by himself.

The tour, which begins on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, will take him to Israel and the West Bank and then to the Vatican.

The conflicting claims to Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., filed a resolution urging the State Department to comply with a decades-old law recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital by relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv.

But upon taking office, Trump walked back his promise to move the embassy nearly immediately, saying it was still under consideration.

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. Even before Trump took office, Jacobs said, Israeli professionals expressed concern that his loose lips would intentionally or inadvertently lead to Israeli intelligence being shared with Russian Federation.

The Ambassador added "I look forward to working with you and a the people of Israel to do even more to bring together the United States and Israel - in every field, from culture to education, life sciences, high technology, commerce, trade, and of course military and strategic cooperation and so many other things".

Our president believes he can unlock the door to Mideast peace. "They are going to come up with that on their own", Friedman said.