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Protester killed, AP journalist wounded in West Bank clash

20 May 2017

Netanyahu was hugely hopeful that Trump would represent a new era in Israel-US relations. His goal is what he calls "the ultimate deal" that would bring an elusive peace to the Holy Land.

The new U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman presented his diplomatic credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a ceremony held on Tuesday at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. The caption reads, "A changing of the guard at the Prime Minister Netanyahu's office": Trump is known for his deal-making and his transactional approach to foreign policy.

While President Trump interested in making an effort at a peace deal, Abbas has set himself up as willingly cooperating, while the political ramifications for Netanyahu will make it hard for him to accept talks under any conditions, or even no conditions, without risking his coalition. I share in this desire as do the citizens of Israel.

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According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked derided the map, which includes neither the West Bank, Jerusalem nor the Golan Heights, saying: "I hope this is just ignorance and not policy".

That is a simple statement but it encapsulates the deeply complex issues of the conflict. Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, have criticized Israel's presence in Jerusalem and particularly its actions in the Old City around the Western Wall.

"Sadly, every U.S. President since then has taken advantage of a provision in the law allowing its requirements to be waived for six months if 'necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.' Such suspensions have been repeated semi-annually for two decades, and it is time to end America's doublespeak", the letter stated.

White House officials were considering announcing the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the embassy to the city during the President's trip there next week. It's clearly in Jerusalem...but there's been - it's an issue that's had serious consideration. Someone who gets us. "It is something that I think is frankly, maybe, not as hard as people have thought over the years".

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Ben-Dahan argued that the USA administration officials who had placed pressure on Trump regarding the embassy and the administration's position on Jerusalem were remnants of the Obama administration, which had adopted a clear pro-Palestinian stance. He arrives in Israel on Monday after stopping first in Riyadh, while his Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt landed in Israel on Thursday to prepare for the president's visit.

During the time between surveys, the president has welcomed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House.

There have been warning signs that Trump would disappoint his right-wing pro-Israel supporters since before he took office, but for whatever confusion clouds anything approaching a "Trump Doctrine" when it comes to world affairs, his actions over the past week have been revealing. "He will reiterate that", the official continued, adding that "(Trump) has not abandoned the two-state solution".

Israel controls the wall, the nation's top tourist site, and treats it like Israeli territory. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen.

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Protester killed, AP journalist wounded in West Bank clash