Israeli police: Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem

Lucy Hill
May 16, 2017

"In Israel we're convinced that this statement is contrary to President [Donald] Trump's policies [toward Israel], as expressed in his strong opposition to the latest UN Security Council resolution [2334]", the Israeli official said.

The president has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we can not advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine.

Trump promised during his presidential campaign to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital and remarked on the pledge in an interview the day before his inauguration, saying: "You know, I'm not a person who breaks promises".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump is considering how moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would affect the Mideast peace process.

"What we are trying to is to implement the two-state solution (based) on the border of June 1967 - that is to establish a sovereign, independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital living in security and peace side by side with the state of Israel", he said.

Trump's decision is being closely watched as the president prepares to depart Friday on his first foreign trip.

A source within the Palestine Liberation Organization tells Newsweek, under condition of anonymity, that President Trump will meet President Abbas in Bethlehem on May 23.

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The Presidential Suite in the King David Hotel, Jerusalem, is now being fitted with bulletproof glass, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Trump has said he hopes to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table to reach a final status agreement to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This American government official's statement allegedly caused a storm among the Israeli trip organizing staff. Channel 2 News reported that intense shouting and protests could be heard from the room.

"We wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the "Kotel HaMaaravi", the Western Wall, straight from the airport", Friedman told reporters.

An official in Netanyahu's office said the US comment was "received with astonishment" and that Israel had asked the White House for an explanation. "I prayed for the president and wished him success, and I said the blessing one says when reaching a new milestone". The administration has distanced itself from that assurance and instead has taken a wait-and-see approach as Trump attempts to restart peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Earlier this month, he held a warm meeting with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, at the White House.

Trump has said he is committed to mediating a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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