Israel, Palestinians Gear Up for Trump Visit

Map of Israel and the President's itinerary- published by the President

Map of Israel and the President's itinerary- published by the President

"We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily, and we will also discuss ways to advance peace", he said.

Trump told the newspaper he believes he can hammer out a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

When Netanyahu asked if he could accompany the president, a USA diplomat told the Israelis that the site is in the West Bank and is "not your territory".

Any leader would face an enormous challenge in seeking to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together for meaningful talks, and Trump's inexperience and domestic political struggles will only add to it.

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However a last minute upgrade to the schedule means that President Trump will now be greeted at Ben Gurion airport by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Rivlin, as well as a military band.

Trump promised during his election campaign to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, whose status is one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "I think that President Trump is well positioned to facilitate a US-led effort towards that aim once the two state for two people solution is articulated in a way that is binding and continuous".

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No country in the world has its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem since the status of the city remains disputed in the eyes of the worldwide community.

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"We have not yet made a final decision about my visit to the Western Wall", Trump said in an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper on Thursday.

He is expected to become the first sitting United States president to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray and located in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed.

In a series of comments completely counter to decades-long official USA policy regarding Jerusalem and the Western Wall, Trump's ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Nikki Haley, created yet another controversy on Tuesday when she claimed in a television interview that the "Western wall is part of Israel". "So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem and I think we have to see that for what it is".

The rest of Trump's itinerary, which includes private visits to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is expected to continue unchanged.

"We are talking here about a delay for half a year, so nothing is definite", Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

Asked whether he believes Trump is aware of the challenges of brokering a peace deal and capable to overcome them, Sher said he sincerely hopes so.

"The visit is very important because it highlights the strength of the relationship between Israel and America", said Israel's minister for regional cooperation, Tzachi Hanegbi, who is a close associate of Netanyahu.

While Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump gained power.

"What the Israelis would most like out of any USA administration is that we are behind them 100 percent and, ideally, that we help shift the pressure to the Palestinians", said Frank Lowenstein, a former USA special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

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