Haley Echoes Trump Desire to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

David Friedman the new American ambassador to Israel kisses the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Israeli Channel 2 reported that a senior United States official visiting Israel ahead of Trump's visit next week told his Israeli counterparts that holy site was "not your territory.It's part of the West Bank" during a conversation over a possible Trump trip to the Western Wall.

Spicer's remarks came hours after another senior Trump administration official, H.R. McMaster, declined to answer a direct question as to whether the U.S. government considers the Western Wall to be within Israeli territory.

The question was raised after a US consular official reportedly told an Israeli official that the wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, "is not your territory, it's part of the West Bank". This comes amid a report that an administration official told Israeli officials that the Western Wall is in disputed territory.

Israel captured the Old City and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it to the rest of the city - a move the worldwide community does not recognize.

Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, while Israel considers the entire city to be its undivided capital.

Friedman is an orthodox Jew and a strong supporter of Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank.

The new U.S. ambassador to Israel has been sworn in at a ceremony in Jerusalem.

After his arrival in Tel Aviv, Friedman visited the Western Wall, praying there and kissing the sacred site.

It described the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 that Congress passed which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and called for the U.S. Embassy to be moved there by May 31, 1999.

Israel's Channel Two reported that Israeli officials offering to help plan the event were told by American counterparts it was not their remit.

"The Western Wall is not in your territory", the official reportedly said.

A Jewish-American bankruptcy lawyer, Friedman has expressed scepticism over the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - the basis of years of U.S. diplomatic efforts.

According to Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper, Friedman has been president of the American Friends of Beit El Institutions, a group aiming to raise funds for the Beit El settlement's seminary along with other settlement activities.

Also on Tuesday, Trump's controversial choice for ambassador David Friedman presented his credentials in a ceremony at President Reuven Rivlin's residence in Jerusalem. "We'll move the embassy, just give us time", the official was quoted as saying.

McMaster, speaking to reporters Tuesday, declined to confirm whether the wall is part of Israel.

"Trump is not going to let it stand that the Kotel (Western Wall) is going to be under the sovereignty of another nation, or that it'll be 'internationalized, ' as the Vatican would like", Hier said.

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