Trump NSA says status of Western Wall a 'policy decision'

Hot on the heels of allegations that US President Trump leaked classified information to Russian officials during a visit to the White House last week, the Trump administration has stirred up yet another controversy, this time with Israel.

During his first foreign trip, which starts on Friday, President Trump will visit the Western Wall without Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Israel captured the Old City, along with the rest of east Jerusalem, in the 1967 Mideast war. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the worldwide community. Jewish-American Friedman, a strong supporter of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank, entered the residence with a marching band playing.

According to the television report, Berns was joined by embassy economic adviser Jonathan Shrier, who also was allegedly involved in the episode. "When President Trump arrives in Israel, I don't think there will be any doubt over who has title over the Kotel", he said.

"It would advance it by fixing a historic wrong and shatter the Palestinian illusion that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel".

Previous administrations have declined to identify Jerusalem as being in Israel, out of concern for the diplomatic repercussions. They do not reflect the U.S. position, and certainly not the President's position, " CNN quoted White House statement.

All three events fall on Jerusalem Day, the day Israel celebrates the reunification of its eternal capital, Jerusalem.

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"Israel is convinced that this statement contradicts President Trump's policies".

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017.

David Friedman, the new USA ambassador to Israel, gave his first interview since he landed in Israel on Monday to - where else?

Israel objected and sought to make it a public visit with Netanyahu escorting him, which United States diplomats rejected, with one noting Israel doesn't have sovereignty over the Western Wall.

A Jewish-American bankruptcy lawyer, Friedman has expressed scepticism over the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - the basis of years of USA diplomatic efforts. The Trump administration quickly disavowed the statement, but stopped short of saying the Western Wall belonged to Israel.

"The Western Wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith", Spicer said.

Rivlin called on the "whole world to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of the state of Israel".

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