Trump may attend opening of Jerusalem embassy

Marsha Scott
March 6, 2018

Netanyahu and his inner circle are entangled in a series of corruption scandals back home that has put his political future in jeopardy.

Several of Trump campaign aides are facing charges or have pled guilty to lying to FBI investigators. Indeed, as NPR's Jerusalem-based correspondent Daniel Estrin reported, Palestinian political leadership are now boycotting the Trump administration because of the embassy decision.

Some analysts believe Kushner's ability to run the Middle East initiative has been handicapped by his loss of access to certain valued USA intelligence because of a White House clampdown on access to such secrets for those without full security clearance. Netanyahu's visit to Washington has been interpreted as something of a victory lap.

No major announcements or breakthroughs are expected from Trump's talks with Netanyahu, whose relationship with the president has been among the closest of any other world leader. A day before the Israeli leader arrived at the White House, Kushner paid him a visit at Blair House, the presidential guest quarters across Pennsylvania Avenue, along with other top administration officials. Prospects for using such a trip to unveil his much-vaunted but still mysterious peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians were uncertain. The administration has hinted they are close to revealing a plan.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE said Monday he may travel to Israel in May to attend the opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem. The State Department announced recently that the embassy move would formally take effect on May 14, a far speedier timeline than originally expected.

Trump suggested that the Palestinians are eager to return to negotiations and said if they do not,"you don't have peace".

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Trump said that construction of the new embassy was already underway and that he might visit the embassy once it was opened.

"If we don't come up with a strategy against Iran we're going to make Israel go to war here pretty soon with the Hezbollah elements in southern Lebanon", said Sen. I will meet with a great friend of Israel and a personal friend of mine, U.S. President Donald Trump. European allies, which helped negotiate the accord, have resisted any efforts to alter its terms.

Netanyahu mostly spoke about the Iranian threat that has reached Israel's border. His wife, Sara, who was simultaneously questioned at a different location, is also a suspect in one of the investigations.

For his part, Netanyahu praised Trump for his Jerusalem decision: "Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people, throughout the ages".

Netanyahu and Trump were to discuss a range of issues, White House spokesman Josh Raffel said.

The Case 4000 investigation involves suspicions that Elovitch ordered the Walla news site, which he owns, to grant fawning coverage to the Netanyahus in exchange for the prime minister's advancement of regulations benefiting him financially.

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