Arriving from Saudi Arabia at approximately 12:15 p.m., Trump will fly by helicopter from Ben-Gurion to Jerusalem where he is scheduled to meet with President Reuven Rivlin at 1 p.m.at his official residence on Hanasi Street.

Trump sparked concern when he backed away from the long USA commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict, saying he could support one state if it meant peace.

"It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years", the USA president said at the time.

The United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel, and will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem at the earliest practicable date.

As the Times of Israel notes, the visit "would likely be interpreted by some as akin to an American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem".

"The Trump administration right now is in the phase of listening and learning and I think it has a lot to learn from past experiences and conclusions".

It is unlikely that Trump will express many of these sentiments, but doing so would enhance his credibility in the region, and lay the groundwork for a possible comprehensive peace agreement.

As a result, the U.S. State Department turned down a request for Netanyahu to accompany Trump and his family when they visit the site on Monday.

On Tuesday, Trump is set to visit Yad Vashem - Israel's Holocaust museum and memorial - and will give a speech there at 2pm.

The Jerusalem Post notes that Trump will need to work to convince Israelis that he is on their side during his visit to the Holy Land next week.

"Of course, the Palestinians also have to be willing to recognize Israel as a nation living side by side with them in peace", the elder statesman added. Among those on hand were Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House minority whip. The US does not consider buildings in Jerusalem to be settlements, and does not expect Israel to freeze all construction in the West Bank as a condition for resuming peace negotiations.

Palestinians, who viewed Trump's victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by Trump's openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington.

The summary of the meeting, written by then acting National Security Adviser Jacob Nagel, referred to a lunch meeting between Trump and Netanyahu at the White House on Feb.17. "We must not allow the prime minister to continue to miss this opportunity because of his fear of [Jewish Home leader Naftali] Bennett and dread of [Likud hawk Culture Minister Miri] Regev".

With Trump on the way, Palestinian groups across the political spectrum, including members of Abbas's Fatah party, called for a "Day of Rage" in support of hundreds of prisoners carrying out a hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

President Trump later told the Hebrew daily Israel Hayom, a right-wing media outlet aligned with Netanyahu, that the Western Wall's rabbi, Shmuel Rabinowitz, would join him on his visit, saying that was "more traditional, but that could change".

The designation of Safieddine was announced on Friday by the US State Department and confirmed by Saudi Arabia. Associated Press writers Karin Laub in Amman, Jordan, and Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank, contributed to this report.

"Obviously, I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem because if you look at all their government - [it] is in Jerusalem", Haley told David Brody of CBN News' The Brody File.


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