Trump Walks Back Promise To Move Israeli Embassy To Jerusalem

It has obviously been out there for many, many years, and nobody has wanted to make that decision. Trump described their relationship as more than positive. It may also clarify Mr Trump's sometimes contradictory and confused approach to the Middle East, with the two leaders expected to discuss regional security and the threat from Iran.

"Now the hope will be that Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Trump administration will restore these pillars and they may have disagreements but they'll be kept behind closed doors", Oren said.

"President Trump and I see eye-to-eye on the emanating threats in the region, and also the opportunities, and we will talk about both and also upgrading the relationship between Israel and the U.S.", he said. "For Trump to hold the traditional American view that Israel ought to exhibit restraint is useful to him".

To make clear to the Palestinians that such steps are the only route to any U.S. Administration support, the president should announce his intention to veer from past precedent and refuse to sign a national security waiver in June that will further delay the relocation of America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The organization has stated its opposition to Israeli occupation of the West Bank and to American Jewish support of West Bank settlements. "But no, I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace".

Some detect the influence of Arab diplomacy.

During the campaign Trump unequivocally stated that he would move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's capital. These included recognizing the "realities" that, should there be a peace deal, Israel would not return to pre-1967 borders. Ben-Ami said. "Or is it an administration that is in line with the traditional bi-partisan desire to resolve this conflict [through the creation] of a Palestinian state?" "That was going to be their first move". Now with a rapid warming of the Israeli-US relationship clearly under way, Netanyahu faces new pressure from his political allies on the Israeli right.

"Also Gulf states - especially Saudi Arabia - have the same perspective". But we are looking at that, and we are looking at some other options we'll see. Thrall says, "neither pursuing the policies urged by the right or a making a grand deal for a two-state solution".

An earlier White House statement said that while settlements were not an impediment to peace, building new settlements or expansion of existing settlements "may not be helpful in achieving that goal".

"Netanyahu is basically someone who is extremely risk-averse and wants to preserve stability at all costs", says Nathan Thrall, a Jerusalem-based senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. "And he is very happy with the status quo".

Complicating the issue is Netanyahu's own position.

In addition, he said, he will attempt to convince Trump to use his pull with Putin to have Russian Federation convince Hezbollah and Iran to back off from Iran's borders. He has made Israel great, militarily, technologically and economically.

And then there is Mr Kushner, whose real estate developer father Charles was friendly with Mr Netanyahu before he became prime minister.

Trump's campaign promise of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem has also drawn a tepid response from Netanyahu.

Calling the upcoming visit to the White House "the test of Netanyahu's life", Bennett warned the 67-year-old prime minister that there were two words he could not utter at the meeting: "Palestinian state".

According to Tel Aviv University Social Sciences Professor Ephraim Yaar, Netanyahu's own calculations about Wednesday's meeting may have been impacted by uncertainty about Trump, his rivalry with Bennett and caution over how the worldwide community would react to any radical changes to the status quo, like annexing the West Bank.

To achieve that goal, Morgan said, Trump "will be advisednot to make any overly strong statements or concessions to Netanyahu", while "Netanyahu can not push Trump too hard for the very simple reason that Trump does not respond well to that on a personal level".

  • Loretta Pittman