An unnamed senior administration official on Wednesday told Bloomberg News that it would be "unwise to do it at this time" as President Donald Trump is getting ready to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks to move the embassy.
Jihad Arjay, 30, is not so sure that Trump will help Palestinians, or merely be more of the same, but he's recently started printing Trump t-shirts to sell at his Old City store.
"No one has any idea what the plan is". Of course no mention will be made of the fact that any catastrophe visited upon the local Arabs was as a result of their own rejection of the 1947 partition plan and subsequent attempts to wipe out the Jewish State or indeed recognise its right to exist.
After raising expectations in Israel that he will deliver an address atop Masada, Trump's team canceled the event at the last minute. It would've been a dramatic background for a speech, but the location itself was puzzling.
Notwithstanding its formidable military prowess, Israel has and continues to feel vulnerable due to random shellings, acts of terrorism, and other types of extreme violence such as stabbings and vehicle rammings.
"If the whole hotel blows up the suite will come down in one piece, so maybe a few broken bones, but they will be alive", said Ritz, adding that the King David would become a "mini White House". Trump's visit falls on a special week for Jerusalem, with Sunday marking the 50th anniversary of the city's reunification.
Pollster Smith Research measured the answers of 500 adult Israeli Jews and found that Trump will have to work hard to persuade nearly half of the country's population that he has their interests at heart.
And so Trump has no clear policy on the status of "Palestine" and the West Bank or Jerusalem and its holiest sites not five days before he is set to visit both.
An impulsive President, liable to make spontaneous statements, has only heightened the sense of anxiety. This heightens the insecurity that only Trump knows what he is really thinking (and rethinking); we should not expect this to change while he's in office. "A successful visit right now is for it to be over". It was akin to "visiting the Vatican without the Pope", Hier said. Trump's hypocrisy on Israel is astounding, but more important, while the president continues to cultivate mistrust among allies, it has become increasingly clear just how unfit and erratic Trump is and that under his leadership the world has become more and more unsafe for us all.
The percentage of Jewish Israelis who consider President Trump more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian "has taken a nosedive since his inauguration,", according to a poll published yesterday in the Jerusalem Post. "He's coming here to strengthen our great alliance".
Israel has long pressed nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem; Palestinians, and much of the worldwide community, view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. The move has reportedly raised concern that Trump may be too unpredictable.
Flying in directly from his first stop in Saudi Arabia, Trump is unlikely to lay out Middle East peace proposals, not least because, as aides acknowledge, his administration has yet to craft a strategy.
"It's nearly certainly going to be a great visit because it's about the optics", said one politician. For Khalid Sheikh Mohammed US support for Israel was the main issue.
So why is everyone nervous?
If people don't feel their attachments are taken seriously "it will be very hard to get to any political solution", Rosen said.
"We have no demand for a settlement freeze", Friedman said in an interview with Israel Hayom.
Yet those comments were followed within hours by a United States official telling the Prime Minister's Office that the Western Wall - Judaism's holiest site - was not in Israeli territory, but rather in the West Bank.
"Welcome to the White House overseas", said Ari Fleischer, President George W. Bush's former press secretary.
Since taking office, Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to move the embassy in a gesture to Israel, instead saying he's still studying the issue.
"We shared a lot of sensitive intelligence about terrorism operations that were planned against the Russians", he said. Danny Yatom, another ex-Mossad boss, told an Israeli radio station that if reports were accurate, Trump likely caused "heavy damage" to Israeli and American security. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has a unique and delicate diplomatic vernacular, and stray phrases can suggest shifts in policy that are not intended.
In the early 1970s, then-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir wanted to impress President Richard Nixon and his adviser, Henry Kissinger, with the quality of Israeli intelligence. He is tasked with urging a united front against terror by appealing to some of the same corners of the Muslim world he has tried to keep out of the United States with his travel ban.