Israeli govt meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians

Trump promotes his goal of Middle East peace, offers no details

A US -born Israeli says he was both delighted and disappointed by President Donald Trump's visit to Israel. "But the buck does not stop with bureaucrats", he wrote.

Banners bearing the slogan "Two states, One Hope" featured in the demonstration organised by supporters of a Palestinian state, including the Israeli NGO Peace Now. "The worldwide community's decision to cower before Israel's enemies by keeping embassies in Tel Aviv is disgraceful".

Apparently, the Americans say that the Netanyahu cabinet's easing of restrictions on PA Arabs earlier this week, ahead of President Trump's visit, was not enough of a gesture.

"I think the president has indicated he's willing to put his own personal efforts into this if the Israelis and the Palestinians are ready to be serious about engaging as well". Approximately 60 Christian leaders, whose organizations represent a total of 60 million Christians across America, signed a letter on the embassy issue delivered to Trump May 16, according to the Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation, education and policy group "dedicated to advancing religious freedom".

A senior U.S. official traveling with Trump said Washington understands what he described as Israel's "completely legitimate" concerns and pledged to help the Jewish state maintain its military advantage.

Israel seized East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War, along with the rest of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The US has promised to increase military aid to Israel to help maintain the country's military edge in the region as it faces mounting threats from its neighbors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he spoke at Wednesday's Mount Herzl ceremony marking Jerusalem Day.

Without naming anyone in particular, Rubin tells OneNewsNow that Trump is getting "bad advice" from his advisers about moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a campaign promise that has yet to be realized. In another nepotistic move, Mr. Trump appointed his bankruptcy lawyer, David Friedman, also a political neophyte, as his ambassador to Israel.

The reunification anniversary is "the right time for the U.S.to correct this historic injustice by leading the nations back up to Jerusalem", said Susan Michael, director of ICEJ's USA branch.

Israel proclaims Jerusalem as its united capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's eastern part as the capital of their future state.

The paper said that US President Donald Trump's plan for Palestinian-Israeli peace assumes normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel as a prelude to peace.

"Everyone has to compromise", Tillerson said. Home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and gold-topped Dome of the Rock, it is Islam's third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

"The current situation is absurd", Netanyahu said.

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