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Israeli intelligence agents furious with Trump

19 May 2017

And after meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas this month, he said of a peace deal: "It is something that I think is frankly, maybe, not as hard as people have thought over the years".

In the meantime, Trump has appointed as his envoy to Israel David Friedman, a devout Jew who insists the embassy must be moved and plans to work out of Jerusalem some days of the week.

The last round of peace talks collapsed in 2014, a key stumbling block being Israel's settlement-building on occupied land that Palestinians want for a state.

President Trump will walk back a major campaign promise by not relocating the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, according to a report on Wednesday.

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But American and Israeli spy professionals say they're frustrated and fearful about the repercussions to the U.S. As the nation's envoy to the United Nations, her public comments on foreign policy issues generally are assumed to be statements of USA policy.

Rajoub added that following final agreement two American embassies should be established in Jerusalem: "One in east Jerusalem in Palestinian territory and another in west Jerusalem in Israeli territory".

Trump told a conservative Israeli news outlet in January. That policy, that "the Western Wall is in Jerusalem", hasn't changed, a State Department official said following Haley's comments.

Israel controls the wall, the nation's top tourist site, and treats it like Israeli territory.

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Even as last-minute changes are being made to Trump's ambitious Middle East itinerary, the trip has been complicated by Israeli concerns about his sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russian Federation that may have compromised an Israeli agent, and by his decision to hold off on a campaign promise to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Wow. What an uninformed statement, especially considering that every president - starting with Harry Truman - has tried to broker a Middle East peace deal since Israel became a state in 1948.

Israel considers Jerusalem to be its eternal capital and wants all foreign countries to place their embassies there. But the US has withheld recognition of that control until there is a deal. Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, Congress called for and funded the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem, for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

When asked on "Meet the Press" about the possible move this week, Tillerson said "the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process".

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Israeli intelligence agents furious with Trump