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Trump's Popularity Plummets Among Israeli Jews Ahead of Visit

21 May 2017

Israel was in an uproar Wednesday after US officials confirmed Trump shared highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group with senior Russian officials visiting the White House. That figure is down from 79% on January 11.

A European Union peace initiative aiming to achieve concrete results within a set period and focusing on the two-state solution must be launched to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, MEPs add They condemn all acts of violence and terrorism attacking or endangering civilians, as well as all acts of provocation and incitement.

The personal praise and deference to Trump - the fact that elderly King Salman came to the airport to greet the president, and reached out to shake the hand of the bare-headed First Lady Melania - underlined that, like Mahmoud Abbas at the White House earlier this month, the Saudis have recognized the importance of keeping on the new U.S. leader's good side, and maximizing the flattery.

President Donald Trump has just two weeks to make good on his promise to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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The White House released a video detailing President Trumps current trip to the Middle East. However, the official reportedly cautioned that the plan could change. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters that Trump's disclosure was "wholly appropriate". "(But) the fact that he is going to move the embassy is imposition, is dictation". He has also expressed his confidence that the move will ultimately take place.

Fink says many Israelis are anxious that the American president will offer a take-it-or-leave-it deal to the Palestinians and Israelis, minus any nuance. However, Trump is expected to travel mostly by helicopter, the Times of Israel reported, adding that "organizers are hoping to avoid a repeat of a mishap during Obama's visit", when the U.S. presidential limo reportedly broke down due to having the wrong type of fuel.

Follow Adelle Nazarian on Facebook and Twitter. While Israelis call Jerusalem their "indivisible capital", Palestinians want the capital of any future state in the east of the city.

The president will also visit Bethlehem, West Bank on May 23.

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Back in November, Israel's far-right clamored to celebrate Trump's election victory, hailing it as the end of the idea of a sovereign Palestinian state side-by-side with Israel.

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.

He'll make history a second time when he becomes the first serving U.S. president to visit the Western Wall - the holiest place of prayer for the Jewish people. Israel also has robust cyber capabilities in the region.

"I am very sorry about this decision", Chairman of the Knesset Lobby for US-Israel Relations and Zionist Union MK Dr. Nachman Shai told TPS. Of Trump, he added, "If you can't count on the president, who can you count on?" The latter, who had heaped praise on Trump's pro-Israel stands even before his historic election a year ago, will find it politically perilous to rebuff the president's overtures. "In our talk, things will come out, I will say what I think, he will say what he thinks, but I never, ever wanted to make a judgment without hearing the person".

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