Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Israeli intelligence agents furious with Trump

Israeli intelligence agents furious with Trump

And Carter, who ushered in the historic Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty - also known as the Camp David Accords - during his tenure, knows all too well the challenges Trump now faces in marshaling the Arab-Israeli peace process forward.

Wednesday, Bloomberg Politics reported that a senior White House official said that the president has decided not to make the move right now.

Israel and the U.S. have had a unique intelligence-sharing arrangement for the last 10 years, sharing sources and methods and raw intelligence, in real time.

Since Israel's founding, the USA has maintained that "no state has sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem" and that it's a "final status" issue that must be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiation, the official said.

President Trump will not move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem immediately, but a final decision on moving it has not yet been reached.

USA officials said the administration is also seeking to enlist Israel's Sunni Arab neighbors, who share Israeli concerns about Shi'ite Iran, in a broader regional peace process.

"This year marks 100 years since the Balfour declaration, 70 years since United Nations resolution 181, and 50 years since Israel began its occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the annexation of East Jerusalem".

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He has spent a lot of time working on alternatives to western investment, such as a closer relationship with Russian Federation . But he has previously invested little political capital in opposing censorship or advancing women's rights, for example.

Most foreign nations' embassies, including the USA since 1966, are located in Tel Aviv.

"We're very appreciative that there will be a visit to the Kotel (Western Wall)", Mariaschin said.

According to the Associated Press, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked to join Trump on the visit, but was told it would be private.

A growing number of diplomats from the region, as well as U.S. sources, are telling me that Trump will sign the waiver at the end of the month that keeps the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. It is widely assumed that Israel would retain control over the site under a potential peace deal.

But Trump's quest to facilitate meaningful diplomatic negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) without preconditions faces an obstacle in the form of continuing PA incitement and support for terrorism.

The U.S. has been openly anxious that ISIS associates are planning to plant explosives in laptop devices, to detonate during transatlantic flights.

CEO and executive vice president of B'nai B'rith global - said the inclusion of the Jewish state l on the president's itinerary "shows the interest that the administration has in cultivating and building the relationship with Israel as an ally".

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