Palestinians hope for settlement curb if peace talks resume

In addition, Ramallah estimates that Trump intends to accept the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 as one of the bases for a regional initiative on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Israel's Channel 2 reported that during a planning meeting between U.S. and Israeli officials, the Israelis were told that Trump's visit to the Western Wall, in annexed East Jerusalem, was private. "Moving the embassy would force the other side to contend with the lie they've constructed - that Israel has no connection to Jerusalem - and will cause them to understand that Israel will be here forever with Jerusalem as its capital'".

"The statement that the Western Wall is part of the West Bank was received with shock", an official in Netanyahu's office said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There have been some signs that the Israeli government, while publicly supporting moving the embassy, has quietly raised concerns that doing so could enflame the political and security situation.

Over the weekend, the US and Israel already publicly exchanged views on the impact of relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem on the peace process. "We want to see our country established on our sovereign territories with East Jerusalem as our state's capital", Abu Rudeineh said.

Israel demanded an explanation from the White House Monday after a USA official reportedly questioned the country's claim to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. "It's part of the West Bank", the Times of Israel reported.

American media outlets didn't pick up on the story immediately, but the Associated Press did note the "spat" this afternoon, as well as the "astonishment" from an official in Netanyahu's office over the remarks. "Israel has made contact with the USA on this matter", the official said.

There was no immediate comment from the White House. Friedman, who owns an apartment in Jerusalem, is expected to live in the US ambassador's official residence in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herziliya.

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"The claims by a Fox News correspondent are false", Mr Netanyahu's office said.

Abbas and Modi will hold talks on strengthening bilateral relations and discuss the stalled Middle East peace process.

The date coincides with the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six Day War, which will be commemorated in Israel beginning the evening of May 23 and the day of May 24. "This is a core value of national identity for Israelis which may not be fully appreciated by the outside world".

Many Israelis expected the Trump visit would bolster Israel's position on Jerusalem and the peace talks.

One focal point of President Trump's visit next week is bound to be Jerusalem. (New US ambassador Daniel Friedman, however, made it his first stop on arrival in Israel.) Having Trump there at all is a coup of sorts for Netanyahu, even as a private stop without live press coverage.

"The President is getting bad advice from some of his aides", Klein continued.

In the evening, Netanyahu released a statement, charging that the move "won't harm the peace process".

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