Trump will convey opposition to 'settlements' during Israel trip

A map of Israel on a video the White House produced about US President Donald Trump's upcoming visit shows the country without the West Bank (where Israel does not claim sovereignty) or the Golan Heights (where it has extended Israeli law).

Trump is slated to arrive in Israel Monday following a weekend in Saudi Arabia.

"If you look at what the president has said since taking office about settlements, his position has been remarkably different than the Obama administration's", Friedman continued.

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.

Trump said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in March 2016 that he'd move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, "the eternal capital of the Jewish people".

Israel has long pressed nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem; Palestinians, and much of the worldwide community, view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. While Israel thinks of Jerusalem as its capital, the global community does not honor this claim.

The exercise included practicing the Trump convoy's drive to the President's Residence and to the Western Wall.

Trump intends to visit the Western Wall too, something past presidents have not done because of the political sensitivities.

Though these are just the highlights of 35 events set to take place during this coming week in Israel's capital, the spotlight will naturally focus on Trump's visit.

"There's no planned announcement for the embassy on the trip", the White House official said. While the president hasn't clearly backed a two-state solution - Israel and a Palestinian state - he is expected to voice support for Palestinian "self-determination", a phrase that nods in the direction of an independent Palestinian state.

Yet in an interview with Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu paper, Trump said his plans "could still change" and suggested he might ask Netanyahu to join him, a last-minute move that would please Netanyahu but anger the Palestinians. He will then see Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Reuters details.



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