Western Wall Became A Holy Site To Jews Only After 1967

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The row erupted a few days before the first official visit of US President Donald Trump to the region, Xinhua reported. But while most of the world believes Israel to be illegally occupying the West Bank, the questions of both East and West Jerusalem were murkier, because the world continued to believe that the city should be worldwide and wasn't rightfully Israeli, Jordanian or Palestinian.

"The Western Wall is one of holiest sites in the Jewish faith, and clearly in Jerusalem", Spicer said, adding that the situation is complicated.

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's post-inaugural visit to the white House, however, Trump preached restraint regarding settlement expansion and talk of moving the embassy was quickly relegated to the back burner.

Trump is reportedly planning to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.

He has also advocated breaking with decades of precedent by moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to the divided city of Jerusalem, a prospect deeply alarming to Palestinians who see the occupied eastern half of the city as their future capital.

The White House quickly backpedaled saying that the comment "was not authorized communication and does not represent the position of the USA and certainly not of the president", a senior official told reporters.

Israel's Channel 2 reported this exchange occurred after the Trump team rejected a request for Netanyahu to accompany Trump on his visit to the Western Wall, becoming the first sitting US president to do so.

During his trip, Trump won't unveil a specific "diplomatic plan" or a "road map", Friedman said. "It's part of the West Bank".

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Israel occupied east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested in recent comments that Trump is being careful about the embassy move for fear it would hurt his attempts at restarting the peace process.

The White House said the comment did not represent the president's position.

Trump's Israel visit coincides with a very special day - the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty after 2000 years.

The rival claims to Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and no countries now have their embassies there, instead basing them in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv.

Speaking after the ceremony, Friedman did not directly respond to the dispute over the Western Wall but pledged to "support Israel in every way".

The question referenced a rude remark made by an alleged "senior administration official" to members of Israel's Prime Minister's Office who were trying to coordinate the president's itinerary for the time he will be in Israel.

McMaster's brief comment, however, appeared to be consistent with longstanding USA policy that the status of Jerusalem is an issue to be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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