Trump has indicated he is considering officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but his current position on his election campaign pledge to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem remains unclear. It considers the entire city to be its eternal capital and next week will celebrate the 50-year anniversary of what it calls the unification of Jerusalem. He did not say whether the United States would move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a campaign pledge from which Trump has backed away.
He said USA special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt has arrived in the region and was scheduled to meet Palestinian officials on Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for Trump's visit.
Previous administrations have declined to identify Jerusalem as being in Israel, out of concern for the diplomatic repercussions.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the Western Wall is obviously in Israel.
She also said the administration believes the Western Wall is in Israel, clearing up a contradiction to USA policy that was brought on this week by another official in the Trump administration.
One administration official who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity said there are no longer any plans to make such an announcement. - Israel Hayom, the newspaper funded by Republican casino magnate and on-again-off-again Trump supporter Sheldon Adelson.
Trump's controversial new ambassador also presented his credentials to the Israeli president at a ceremony in Jerusalem.
During the campaign, Trump vowed to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Both highly sensitive issues made headlines in Israel on Tuesday as preparations intensified for Trump's visit to the country and the Palestinian territories on May 22 and 23.
The letter was signed by the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) an informal network of Christian leaders, managed by the US Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, representing some 60 million Christians across America.
To do so would signal US support for Israel's position that Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Yet the status of occupied East Jerusalem looks to be a major subject of talk for the Trump Administration ahead of that visit.
Adding more uncertainty as to what will happen in the upcoming days, Fox News Foreign Correspondent Connor Powell posted a concerning tweet earlier this week.
Friedman, who arrived in Israel on Monday, said Trump's involvement in the peace process would be a "dramatic shift" from his predecessor, Barack Obama.
However, Netanyahu's office immediately rejected the claim as false.
However, the Prime Minister's Office confirmed that it took place when asked about it.