US President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in Israel next week Monday, but according to both Israeli and American sources, many of the specific details of the visit have yet been finalized; officials in Jerusalem are still waiting for answers from Washington, and the Americans continue to make changes to the president’s itinerary. Nevertheless, Israel continues to prepare for Trump’s arrival.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon met with his Palestinian counterpart, Shukri Bishara, during which they agreed on several good will gestures that Israel would extend to the Palestinians in honor of President Trump’s visit. Also, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s security cabinet is scheduled to convene on Sunday to hear briefings about the preparations for President Trump’s visit and to approve other eased restrictions for the Palestinians.
A high-ranking American official revealed that although President Trump would not declare during his scheduled visit to Israel the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the American leader would ultimately like to see this historic move carried out. The official explained that the reason behind the decision to delay the relocation was due to concerns by the Trump administration, that the Embassy’s move would sabotage attempts to re-start the long-stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.