The Western Wall is 'Not Israeli Territory', says US Official

New US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch pray at the Western Wall the holiest site where

Israeli Channel 2 reported that a senior U.S. official visiting Israel ahead of Trump's visit next week told his Israeli counterparts that holy site was "not your territory.It's part of the West Bank" during a conversation over a possible Trump trip to the Western Wall.

Concern in Israel about the administration's stance on Jerusalem has been intensifying over the past day, after reports emerged of a stand-up row between American and Israeli officials planning Trump's visit, during which David Berns, the political counselor at the US Consulate in Jerusalem, is alleged to have shouted at his Israeli counterpart that the Western Wall was "part of the West Bank".

The Israeli regime provided the highly classified information US President Donald Trump disclosed with Russian diplomats recently, a report says.

Israel captured and annexed East Jerusalem, including the Old City and its holy sites, in the 1967 Six Day War and considers all of Jerusalem to be the undivided eternal capital of Israel, a stance not recognized by the global community, including the US.

However, the global community, including the United States, does not recognize Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek as the capital of a future independent state. The Republican president will meet with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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

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Friedman, who owns an apartment in Jerusalem, is expected to live in the US ambassador's official residence in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herziliya.

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. They do not reflect the USA position, and certainly not the President's position, " CNN quoted White House statement.

An official in Netanyahu's office said on Monday that Israel has contacted Washington about the matter.

Friedman, a Jewish-American lawyer, voiced his reservations regarding the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in a sharp deviation from the U.S.' long-held stance.

The debate over whether the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, is part of Israel has boiled over this week. He presented his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday. "It would advance it by amending a historic wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel".

He has also advocated moving the embassy to Jerusalem. President Trump may be bending over backwards to avoid the appearance of any bias towards Israel, let alone towards the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty in the face of widespread rancor from Arab allies over the issue.

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