Israel Will Deploy 10000 Policemen In Anticipation Of Donald Trump's Visit

Israel Will Deploy 10000 Policemen In Anticipation Of Donald Trump's Visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu challenged USA concerns over moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, in what Haaretz newspaper called his "first public dispute" with the Trump administration.

The spat reportedly erupted during preparations for Trump's visit to the region next week.

Trump will arrive in Israel on May 22, when he will visit the Western Wall and meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Netanyahu.

Trump, who will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 22 and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on May 23, has stopped short of recommitting to the goal of Palestinian independence, a longtime bedrock of USA policy.

The Trump administration disavowed that official's view.

The letter was sent ahead of Trump's first official visit to the region next week.

The United States has kept its embassy in Tel Aviv since Israel was formed in 1947 because Jerusalem is considered disputed territory between Palestinians and Israelis and considered the capital for both.

It later annexed East Jerusalem, and in 1980, Israel unilaterally declared "reunited" Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas said "it's about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and our land" - a reference to Jewish settlement building in the West Bank.

The visit, a week before Trump's first foreign trip, coincided with a debate between the two countries on Trump's election pledge to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

The official reportedly told Israeli counterparts that the Western Wall is "not your territory".

USA presidents of both parties have repeatedly waived a US law requiring the embassy be moved to Jerusalem.

Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in 1967. Earlier this month, White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. said on Facebook that the president would meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in "Palestine".

He said Trump's decision would be informed by the parties - "and most certainly Israel's view on whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction".

Bennett said he welcomed Trump's arrival next week, but said Israel also has to stick to its positions. That has been the Netanyahu line all along, but apparently the embassy move didn't come cost-free to the prime minister.

Officials are also considering a lesser announcement outlining a U.S. vision for the future of Jerusalem as Israel's capital without taking any immediate action, created to help Trump save face on his campaign pledge.

He is also scheduled to visit the Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem and make an address at the Masada. As to the May 20 trip, Abbas is encouraged by the fact that Trump's first visit as president is to Saudi Arabia, and that in this first visit overseas the president also plans to visit the Palestinian Authority.

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