Both highly sensitive issues made headlines in Israel on Tuesday as preparations intensified for Trump's visit to the country and the Palestinian territories on May 22 and 23. "The President is getting bad advice".
Just days ahead of President Donald Trump's Middle East trip, the Palestinian envoy to the United States said any new Israeli-Palestinian peace push must be based on a two-state solution but that the U.S. administration had yet to present an actual plan for reviving negotiations.
Tillerson also appeared to suggest Israel might view the embassy move as "perhaps a distraction".
Netanyahu on Monday called again on Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem, on the same day that his controversial Israel envoy pick David Friedman arrives in Israel to begin his tenure.
"It would advance it by fixing a historic wrong and shatter the Palestinian illusion that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Monday a Fox News reporter spread "false" information by posting on Twitter that Netanyahu had told President Donald Trump in February not to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Another says, more simply: "The embassy - the PM supports moving it".
The US, like most of the worldwide community, considers Jerusalem disputed ahead of final-status negotiations.
The pushback comes as President Donald Trump mulls the possibility of changing United States policy toward Jerusalem and moving the United States embassy there.
It seems that the official was prompted to make the statement after members of Netanyahu's team asked if Netanyahu could join Trump on the visit to the Western Wall and whether Israeli photographers could document the event, to which the Americans replied that the Western Wall was a "disputed territory".
Many were astonished to learn that a USA official said the Western Wall isn't part of Israel.
"The President has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we can not advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine", Tillerson said. "The rest are extras, including Prime Minister Netanyahu".
"Playing with the Jerusalem issue complicates not just the putative peace process, but everyone's politics", Miller explained.
Since Mr Trump took office in January, the Israeli far-right has called on the prime minister to profit from the incoming Republican administration's pro-Israel bent by pressing issues on which previous U.S. presidents would not be budged, such as the location of the United States embassy.
The status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "This is a core value of national identity for Israelis which may not be fully appreciated by the outside world". As for the near future, the official said that depending on Trump's actions after the visit, we will see if the next Palestinian steps are in the realm of diplomacy or of resistance to the 50-year-old occupation.
"This would send the message that we are in Jerusalem to stay", the GPO statement continued.