Trump to dive into Mideast conflict on first presidential trip

United States recognition of Israel's extension of its law over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria, is seen as a key request Jerusalem wants to make of Trump during his visit, Israeli ministers have said.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, but some senior officials in Washington have reportedly advised against it, saying it would be "harmful to the peace process and carry broader regional risks".

"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. While Israelis call Jerusalem their "indivisible capital", Palestinians want the capital of any future state in the east of the city. Next week he will be the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall in the Old City, but his team rejected a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accompany him.

But since the inauguration, Trump and his staff have largely been silent about the embassy and, when forced to address the issue, have offered standard political double-talk, seeking time to study the implications of the move despite the stated support.

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Perhaps the most sensitive is what Trump ends up saying - or not saying - about a promise he made during the election campaign to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The short clip, which is meant to promote the president's first trip overseas, highlights five destinations in four countries he's slated to visit: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy (including the Vatican) and Belgium.

"This is the most appropriate way to show the proper deference to such a significant holy site", a State Department official said. While Israel thinks of Jerusalem as its capital, the global community does not honor this claim. President Trump will meet the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in Bethlehem and will urge Palestinian leaders to take productive steps toward peace.

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, demurred this week when asked to say whether the administration regarded the Western Wall as part of Israel.

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