JERUSALEM-It wasn't meant to be this way.

Beyond that, Trump has faced criticism from Israelis in recent days related to the White House's approach to the ultra-sensitive status of Jerusalem. Masada's symbolism is controversial - the story involves a mass Jewish self-sacrifice some 2000 years ago. After all, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama did the same thing every six months, starting in 1998, to postpone the implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act on the grounds of "national security interests". The reason is simple: By the time Mr. He has set aside 15 minutes for the visit, unlike previous presidents who spent an hour or more at the site.

As Mr. Trump prepares to board Air Force One, the atmosphere is entirely different.

Trump said Sunday he would accept an invitation made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi to visit Egypt. Trump said the visit would happen before long.

The Trump administration disavowed that official's view.

US President Donald Trump heads for Israel and the Palestinian territories Monday as part of his first trip overseas since taking office, hoping to renew peace efforts but with controversy trailing him.

Israeli officials say they are largely in the dark about what ideas Trump might present for peace or what concessions he may demand. "Let's stand with our strong friend and ally and not kowtow to those who seek to do Israel harm". The White House-driven effort is a sharp shift from the practice of US previous administrations that typically gave secretaries of state those reins. The last round of USA -led negotiations broke down in 2014, and no serious talks on the leadership level have taken place since 2008. "I don't think they are falling for it".

"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", Haley said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).

"I will discuss with President Trump ways to strengthen our primary and steadfast ties with the United States".

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And yet here again, Mr. Trump has wavered.

Unfortunately, Trump's decision is not a surprise.

Then, in a meeting in Washington with Netanyahu, Trump publicly asked him to "hold back on settlements for a little bit".

Doesn't want settlement expanded. Since sending that letter, DeSantis has continued to lead the charge on Capitol Hill to move the embassy.

Abbas appears more inclined to do that, perhaps as a gesture to Trump, several analysts said. However, those issues alone wouldn't necessarily worry Israel. Because of the moral clarity of both Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump Israel has a historic peace opportunity. It is widely assumed that Israel would retain control over the site under a potential peace deal. He sent an envoy, Jason Greenblatt, to the region in March to open talks and has met with both Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House.

The Foreign Ministry also informed them that attendance was not mandatory. So now, buoyed by that seeming progress, Mr. Trump makes his way to Israel to test the waters. With all his problems at home, will Trump start to focus on the Peace Process?

"The president may be right, this is the ultimate deal", he said, "but it's definitely not just around the corner".

Through a translator, Sissi said Trump "had a unique personality" that allowed him "to do the impossible".

"It is doubtful whether Trump was familiar with the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but within four months in office he too has understood that there is really no other solution than two states for two peoples". But he also has to deal with an unexpected issue of his own making.