Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?

But as Trump prepares to visit the region this weekend, apprehension reigns instead.

"Right now there are no plans to do anything in that regard", the official said.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said security ties would continue to be "unprecedented" in scope.

"That sounds like a policy question", McMaster said.

But they were rebuffed by a United States official who said, "This isn't your territory".

Israel's top-selling newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported in January that Israeli intelligence officials had been told in a meeting with United States colleagues that "Israeli intelligence information, methods of operation and sources" could leak from a Trump administration seen as having close ties to the Kremlin.

Spicer said the Western Wall is in fact in Jerusalem, but would not say it is in Israel.

"When President Trump arrives in Israel, I don't think there will be any doubt over who has title over the Kotel", he told the Algemeiner.

In a newspaper column titled "Dangerous Amateurism", Israeli intelligence expert Yossi Melman wrote that Trump presumably passed the information on "not out of malice, but simply due to his lack of understanding of the rules of the game".

The official said the administration considers its discussions with both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to be promising, with the Palestinians in particular agreeing to talk without preconditions. "My gut feeling is that anyone who belongs to the professional club is very angry".

Bar-Joseph, the writer, said: "I won't say they won't share secrets anymore, but when it comes to the most sensitive information, there will be a second thought".

On Monday, US media reported Trump had shared classified information on counter-terrorism with Lavrov without the permission of the US ally that provided it. This information can be useful to Western allies, who have experienced attacks by Islamic extremists as well.

The intel uproar followed a spat this week over Jerusalem.

Days before his arrival, a diplomatic row between the two countries arose after an American official was quoted as questioning Israel's claim to one of Judaism's holy sites in Jerusalem.

Israel controls the wall, the nation's top tourist site, and treats it like Israeli territory.

Meir says Netanyahu may publicly demand the move of the embassy in order to appease his coalition and buy himself political stability.

Emotions run hot over the status of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, considered the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Israel, which lives in close proximity to Arab enemies and Iran, has human spies in parts of the volatile Middle East where the US doesn't.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat strongly urged Washington to move its embassy to the Israeli capital, even if the move might lead to violence.

But the global community does not recognize Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem, which is also home to sensitive Christian and Muslim holy sites. "Today's news will compound that concern", tweeted Colin Kahl, a senior official on Obama's National Security Council.

On Tuesday, as the first reports of the origins of the intelligence surfaced, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer released a statement saying, "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump". "To leave open the suggestion that the sovereignty of the Kotel is attached to the West Bank is just mind-boggling to me".

Trump made "two very serious mistakes", former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said Thursday at a financial industry event in Las Vegas. At a separate meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month, he promised "to do whatever is necessary" to forge a peace deal. A senior partner, leader of the Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, has been vocal against a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu will be wary to upset his ally during his visit. "They are going to come up with that on their own", Friedman said.

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