Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

"Allowing personal views and her diplomatic responsibilities to blur further, Haley admitted to not knowing what the administration's official position is, saying "... but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that is how we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue it... We look forward to the day the United States acknowledges that reality.

Jewish Israelis do not think Trump has turned against them, however.

President Donald Trump will not use his upcoming trip to Israel to announce plans to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim, although he still ultimately wants to take that step, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

That's why it was not surprising that Donald Trump, author of the Art of the Deal and in his own estimation a skilled negotiator, jumped on the chance to insert himself into the minefield that is Middle Eastern politics.

"The Trump administration is the first U.S. administration to emphasize that settlements are not an obstacle to peace".

Asked whether he believes Trump is aware of the challenges of brokering a peace deal and capable to overcome them, Sher said he sincerely hopes so.

"Trump's early days led to worry, so now with the help of other Arab countries they want to balance Trump's position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict". Administration officials have since dodged the specific question of whether or not the US recognizes the Western Wall as part of Israel, though legally speaking the answer has always been no. The U.S. explanation that Trump canceled the visit after being told that he could not land his helicopter atop the UNESCO heritage site was played for laughs in Israeli media. The low-profile Greenblatt, who spent about two decades as a lawyer at the Trump Organization before joining the White House, has traveled to the region twice since the inauguration and is in weekly contact with pivotal players from both sides.

"What confidence measures are being taken by the Palestinians?" Senior White House officials, including Friedman, have close ties with Beit El.

He added, "moving the embassy there [to Jerusalem] is a great statement to say Israel is here to stay".

"The issue over many years has not been the mediator in the middle - it's the guys sitting on the other sides of the mediators", said Miller, now a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Controversy precedes the USA president on his stop in Israel as well, following Trumps alleged disclosure of Israeli intelligence to Russian officials.

On Sunday, cabinet member and Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan (Jewish Home) joined Bennett in opposing Netanyahu's economic incentive package. He needs the support of the Israeli right-wing settlers to remain in office.

But Trump told Netanyahu during a meeting in February that he would like to see Israel "hold off" until their governments could establish a mutually agreeable policy on the matter.

The tour, which begins on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, will take him to Israel and the West Bank and then to the Vatican.