After a Fox News reporter said Netanyahu urged Trump against the embassy move, the Israeli prime minister's office called those claims "false" and pointed to readouts of Netanyahu's White House visit last month that said Netanyahu supported the move.
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly wanted to accompany Trump to the Western Wall, a request the White House reportedly denied. "It's part of the West Bank", said the White House official, according to Channel 2.
The official allegedly went on to say: "This is not your territory but rather part of the West Bank".
The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, departed from diplomatic protocol by visiting the Western Wall on Monday.The visit, a week before Trump's first foreign trip, coincided with a debate between the two countries on Trump's election pledge to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.It is highly unusual for a new envoy to visit the holy site just hours after arriving in Israel.Friedman is an orthodox Jew who has raised funds for a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank that Israel captured together with East Jerusalem 50 years ago.
The warnings from U.S. officials across government agencies - including from some inside the West Wing - add to the steady stream of cautionary advice Gulf state diplomats and top Arab officials have shared with Trump and top White House advisers.
And as Netanyahu's team reeled from the shocking and negative remarks that were reportedly made by the US official today, it also faced another worrying report coming from a senior Fox news correspondent who took to social media to claim earlier in the day that the premier had asked US President Donald Trump to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv and not relocate it to Israel's capital.
Israel captured the Old City, along with the rest of east Jerusalem, in the 1967 Mideast war. "We are convinced that this statement is contrary to the policy of President Trump".
An independent state is not only the aspiration of the vast majority of Palestinians but has been the objective of successive US administrations and the global community.
Speaking of Trump, he said: "His love for and commitment to the state of Israel is rock solid and it enjoys his highest priority".
But U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster suggested on Friday that Trump could move closer to the two-state principle when he meets Abbas, saying the U.S. president will express his desire for "self-determination" for the Palestinian people.
Worshipers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2017. "I prayed for the president, I wished him success especially on his upcoming trip".
Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would not harm the peace process. He said Israel must oppose attempts to establish a Palestinian state and insist on Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem "forever".
The transcript said: "From a summary of the lunch at the White House: 'President Trump was asked about the embassy and explained that it (moving the embassy) will not cause bloodshed in the region, like he has been warned against (President Trump)'".