November 19 2017

Next Stop for President Trump Is Israel, in Pursuit of 'Ultimate Deal'

November 19 2017, 12:54 | Irvin Gilbert

But with mounting obstacles at home and overseas, he faces long odds of succeeding where more experienced predecessors have failed.

Members of the Higher Follow-up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel have affirmed their support for the strikes, initially called for by the Palestinian national committee set up to support a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons that entered its 34th day on Saturday. The information, about an IS threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from Israel and there were concerns a valuable Israeli asset could be in danger, a U.S. official said, requesting anonymity to discuss the sensitive material.

Al-Quds said Palestinian shopkeepers in East Jerusalem have petitioned the Israeli High Court through the Association for Civil Rights demanding that Israeli police stop forcing them to shut down their shops whenever there is an attack in East Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the "ultimate deal".

The Netanyahu government is also playing down a diplomatic tiff over whether and how Trump would visit religious sites. Top advisers he has tasked with nuts-and-bolts negotiations, led by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, are also lacking experience.

"I'm disappointed he brought a guy who rewards terrorists who murder Jews to the White House", Klein said, referring to P.A. subsidies for families of jailed and killed terrorists.

Israeli officials appear unconvinced. When reporters asked him how Trump responded to the request, Netanyahu said, "I wouldn't say that he was surprised by my request, " according to Reuters. The Netanyahu government has tried to obtain American recognition for annexing the Western Wall, but senior administration officials have avoided the issue until UN Ambassador Nikki Haley supported the Israeli position.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the poll, conducted by Smith Research was released on Thursday and found that only 56% of 500 Jewish Israelis who were polled said they considered the Trump administration more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian. "We have the right people on it, too".

The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city to be the capital of their future state, alongside the West Bank and Gaza.

Transportation and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz however said that Israel "wanted to improve the lives of Palestinians".

The Trump team knows pressure tactics when it sees them, Levy added.

The 82-year-old Palestinian leader has grown unpopular, while Netanyahu will have difficulty making significant concessions that his right-wing base will accept, many analysts say.

The president will also go to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis who has said he will not make any judgments about Trump before meeting him.

Just a few days prior to US President Donald Trump's first official visit to Israel, a White House official announced that Trump has decided not to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for the moment.

Trump said as a candidate he would move the embassy to Jerusalem, but now says he's studying the issue.

Netanyahu was speaking at a ceremony ahead of Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the re-unification of the city following the 1967 Six Day War in which Israel annexed east Jerusalem in a move not recognized by the worldwide community.

Trump said in February he was not necessarily wedded to that idea, saying he was happy with any deal that "both parties like".

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