Controversial new US ambassador arrives in Israel

"The Western Wall is not your territory, but part of the [Palestinian's] West Bank", the American official told Israeli officials, according to CBN News.

The longstanding USA stance is that the site is in Jerusalem, full stop. Further, she reiterated the need to move the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump will open his trip by laying a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, he said, and "will then deliver remarks at the Israel museum and celebrate the unique history of Israel and of the Jewish people, while reaffirming America's unshakeable bond with our closest ally in the Middle East". The White House disputed the account.

David Friedman, right, speaks with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler during his Monday visit to the Western Wall. It remains the single most contentious point of division between Israel and Palestine, with Israel insisting on singular ownership.

McMaster: "No Israeli leaders will join President Trump to the Western Wall". The former USA administration of Barack Obama was deeply opposed to Israel's expansion of the settlements and in December withheld its veto from a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the policy. That policy, that "the Western Wall is in Jerusalem", hasn't changed, a State Department official said following Haley's comments. Shapiro said it might upset the Palestinians but could be a way for Trump to cushion Israeli disappointment at his expected decision to postpone the U.S. Embassy's move to Jerusalem for at least six more months. One administration official who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity said there are no longer any plans to make such an announcement.

The Western Wall - part of the retaining walls of the Second Temple compound - is the closest point to the site of the Temple itself where Jews can pray. The area now houses the Al Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third-holiest site.

Trump is reportedly planning to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.

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"Trump is not going to let it stand that the Kotel (Western Wall) is going to be under the sovereignty of another nation, or that it'll be 'internationalized, ' as the Vatican would like", Hier said. It is widely assumed that Israel would retain control over the site under a potential peace deal.

"The U.S. won't dictate how you should live together, that is something you will have to decide on your own", he said.

The United States, like most of the global community, has traditionally considered Jerusalem disputed ahead of final-status negotiations.

It is time for the whole world to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel.

It is unclear whether the settlement-friendly Friedman will work out of the US Embassy building in Tel Aviv.

Haley means well. But she doesn't set policy.

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