On Tuesday, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer both declined to say that the Western Wall is in Israel.
The Times of Israel confirmed the report with an official from Netanyahu's office who said that Israeli officials were "shocked" by the rejection.The Western Wall is a controversial site and is considered one of the holiest places in Judaism.
The exchange, reported by Israel's Channel 2 television, is threatening to create a fierce diplomatic storm as Israel gets ready for a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump later this week.
Israel captured the Old City and the rest of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. "However, we are dismayed that just days before the trip, the White House's National Security Adviser declined to state at the press podium that the Western Wall is part of Israel".
Jewish-American Friedman, a strong supporter of Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank, entered the residence with a marching band playing.
A Fox News reporter cited sources saying Netanyahu had asked Trump not to move the embassy now, leading the prime minister to issue an angry rebuttal. Jewish groups in the.S. voiced concern about Mr. Trump's commitment to Israel. The Palestinians have demanded east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
To do so would signal US support for Israel's position that Jerusalem belongs to Israel.
He added that he looks forward to working with the people of Israel to do "even more to bring together the United States and Israel in every field, from culture to education, life sciences, high technology, commerce, trade, and of course military and strategic cooperation and so many other things".More news: Families who hid Snowden want Canada's help
The Western Wall, in east Jerusalem's Old City, is the remnant of the ancient temple, destroyed more than 2,000 years ago.
The White House said the comment did not represent the president's position.
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Spicer said the wall's status would be discussed during the president's upcoming trip next week to Israel.
Separately, Israeli officials have reacted angrily to reports in local media that representatives of the American consulate had suggested the Western Wall did not belong to Israel. Shortly later, it annexed the territory claiming it as part of its "indivisible" capital.
Nevertheless, it is clear there is some jockeying going on behind the scenes with changes still being made to the president's itinerary in Israel as his aides struggle to portray him as neutral in this hottest of all hotbeds, the heartbeat of the Middle East.
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