Top US officials warn Trump against moving US embassy to Jerusalem

"The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process", Tillerson told NBC's "Meet the Press".Netanyahu responded by saying that moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem would not harm the peace process, but would do the opposite.

The warnings from USA 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.

Abbas said that he had a very successful meeting with US President Donald Trump last month and has also met his German and Russian counterparts Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vladimir Putin respectively and discussed the issue.

He is being accompanied by a delegation comprising Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr, Foreign Minister Riad Malki, Diplomatic Advisor Majdi Khaldi, Presidency Spokesperson Nabil Aburdeineh and Palestine's Chief Judge Mahmoud Habbash.

The two countries spar sometimes over Israeli policy in east Jerusalem, captured and annexed by Israel in 1967.

President Trump faces pressure from one of his largest donors to deliver on his promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, even as he seeks to broker what he regards as the ultimate deal: peace between Israel and Palestine.

Trump promised during his presidential campaign to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital and remarked on the pledge in an interview the day before his inauguration, saying: "You know, I'm not a person who breaks promises".

Israel has long pressed nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem; Palestinians, and much of the global community, view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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According to an Axios report, Adelson is downright "furious" with Tillerson over comments he made on Sunday's "Meet the Press" regarding Trump's repeated campaign promise to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "The President is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process", he said.

In a statement Sunday, Netanyahu said moving the embassy would "not only not harm the peace process, rather the opposite", according to The Washington Post.

"We know very well that India has very good relations with Palestine and Israel", Abbas said in his address to the India Islamic Cultural Center in New Delhi.

He also surrounded himself with a core of advisers with strong ties to the West Bank settlement movement, including his ambassador, David Friedman.

Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special representative on peace negotiations, led the US delegation of National Security Council and State Department officials in both Washington and overseas.

Netanyahu's support for a two-state solution eight years ago "brought about boycotts, terrorism and a serious demographic threat" to Israel, Bennett said, adding that such an approach is "a failed messianic formula that has led to bloodshed, political deterioration and a demographic disaster".

"The statement that the Western Wall is on territory in the West Bank was astonishing", an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Monday.

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