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The New York Times has a report on the latest controversy ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to Israel: the supposed statement by an "American official" that the Western Wall is not in Israeli territory.

"This isn't your territory", one of the reps reportedly told the Israelis.

Briefing reporters after McMaster Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the Western Wall was "clearly in Jerusalem" but declined to say whether it was a part of Israel. "We've always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel".

Ahead of President Trump's upcoming visit to the Jewish state, a USA diplomat reportedly angered Israelis by saying the site was part of the occupied West Bank and thus not under legitimate Israeli jurisdiction.

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Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish men participate in the Cohanim Priestly caste blessing during the Jewish holiday of Passover, in front of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Monday, April 25, 2016. "It's the closest they have to praying at the Temple Mount - the holiest site in Judaism". "Indeed, soon Israelis will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem during the defensive Six Day War".

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The United States Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating the embassy's move to Jerusalem, but every U.S. president since has invoked a waiver delaying the move due to national security concerns.

Trump's signal could be as symbolic as identifying the city as "Jerusalem, Israel", on official White House documents and photographs while he is there, according to sources familiar with planning for the trip. As the nation's envoy to the United Nations, her public comments on foreign policy issues generally are assumed to be statements of US policy. One thing about Nikki Haley is she's a straight shooter.

The newly appointed US ambassador to Israel arrived in Jerusalem on Monday.

"Israel is convinced that this statement contradicts President Trump's policies". He presented his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.

Speaking of Trump, he said: "His love for and commitment to the state of Israel is rock solid and it enjoys his highest priority".

Some even called for the end of the idea of a Palestinian state.

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Since taking office in January, Trump has shown signs of shelving his campaign pledge to move the embassy from Tel Aviv, while vowing to do what is necessary to clinch a Middle East peace agreement.

"I am happy to welcome you and your dear wife to Israel, to Jerusalem".

Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

With the back-and-forth, many pro-Israel Americans and Israelis are apprehensive about what will take place next week.

That makes it all occupied territory, legally speaking, which is the basis on which the unnamed United States diplomat noted Israel didn't have a "sovereignty" case to be made on Trump wanting to visit a spot in the Old City. "Now, some are anxious about what may happen next week".

"The PM was asked about the embassy and explained [that moving it] would not lead to bloodshed in the region, as some were trying to intimidate [President Trump] into believing", the Prime Minister's Office said. On October 23, 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.

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Bloomberg first reported the President's decision.

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