Mixed signals from WH over support for Israel

Friday, May 19, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Western Wall JerusalemThe head of a Messianic Jewish ministry says she is concerned that President Donald Trump may be convinced he has to negotiate with terrorists over the safety and security of Israel.

"The terrorist that is the Palestinian people, including Hamas in Gaza, do not want peace," warns Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries.

Markell's concerns comes this week after national security advisor H.R. McMaster confirmed that President Trump will go the Western Wall during his visit to Israel later this month – but without any Israeli leaders with him, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

That announcement comes after a member of the U.S. consular staff reportedly told an Israeli media outlet that the Western Wall is not Israeli property. 

Orthodox Jews Temple Mount"It's not your territory. It's part of the West Bank," an official reportedly told Israel's Channel 2. 

The White House promptly distanced itself from those remarks, saying they were not sanctioned by official channels and did not represent the president.

The Western Wall is part of the Temple Mount and hence a holy site for Jews.

Despite the mixed signals from the White House, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told CBN News the Western Wall is part of Israel, RedState reported.

"I don't know what the policy of the administration is," she said, "but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that that is how we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue it." 

Markell says some members of the pro-Israel community are concerned.

"I think we've always been concerned about a couple of his closest advisors as it concerns this topic," she says, naming McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"And of course we always remain concerned with Jared and Ivanka Kushner," adds Markell, "both of them being liberal Democrats and being in the inner circles."

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