"The security relationship between Israel & our greatest ally the United States is deep, significant & unprecedented in volume", Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Twitter, remarks that were echoed by the intelligence minister. The group explained that the current policy, which does not accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, is founded on "weakness and fear", Breitbart relays.
But McMaster did not deny that Trump had discussed highly classified information during a May 10 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow's US ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
A move would also be costly: the US doesn't own a facility in Jerusalem large enough to house its embassy, and would have to build a secure compound at considerable expense even as Trump seeks money for a military buildup, a border wall and infrastructure development.
The president told them that his father translated the Quran from Arabic to Hebrew and about life growing up in Jerusalem, his office says.
Israel sought Wednesday to contain the fallout from Donald Trump's sharing of its intelligence with Russian Federation after the move cast a further shadow over the United States president's visit to the country next week.
Contrary to the US official's claim about the Western Wall, David Friedman, the newly appointed USA ambassador to Israel, is heading straight to the holy site from the airport in order to pray, asserting that the wall is undisputedly Israel's. "Today's news will compound that concern", tweeted Colin Kahl, a senior official on Obama's National Security Council. "Kind David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago", said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and Chairman of Covenant Journey. "I know that they are trying to fix that and get that taken care of, we have always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel".
"Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump", said Israel's ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer.
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"One focal point of President Trump's visit next week is bound to be Jerusalem", CBN's Stahl pointed out.
Trump visits Israel on Monday, after starting his trip to the region in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Trump said in a speech to the American Israeli Political Action Committee conference in March 2016 that he would move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, calling it "the eternal capital of the Jewish people". But we also feel comfortable in stating that relocating the embassy need not be defined as a precedent-setting recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.
Trump promised during his campaign to move relocate the embassy but has since backed away from that pledge.
McMaster last week said the administration supports Palestinian "self-determination", a reference interpreted by many as endorsing independence.
Netanyahu will be wary to upset his ally during his visit. "It's going to be seen in the weeks and months to come as allied countries and cooperating countries hold back on information".