Israel Demands White House Explain Envoy’s Comment on Western Wall

White House: Diplomat Wasn't Authorized to Make Such a Statement

Israeli officials are demanding that the White House offer an official explanation for the comments of a US diplomat who was in Jerusalem and pointed out that the Western Wall is in territory occupied by Israel in 1967. Trump intends to visit the wall, and the envoy insisted the visit would be private, saying Israel doesn’t have jurisdiction to demand that he go with Netanyahu.

Israel did occupy the territory in question militarily in 1967, but has since annexed it. The United States does not recognize that annexation, nor really does anybody else, though Israeli officials are keenĀ  to draw distinctions between the Old City, where the Western Wall is, East Jerusalem, and the rest of the occupied West Bank, even though from a legal perspective the distinctions are largely arbitrary.

Israel’s far-right government likes to get outraged about people stating the obvious, and to demand apologies. The Trump Administration appears to be trying to placate them, as always, insisting that the Western Wall havingĀ  been captured in 1967 is “not the position of this administration,,” despite being true, and that the unnamed diplomat in question was never authorized to point that fact out.

Trump is visiting Israel next week, during which Israel will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of having “reunified” Jerusalem through military conquest, a fact which they are simultaneously planning to celebrate and apparently react angrily if anyone mentions.

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  • RickR35

    Good diplomat. He/she deserves a promotion.

  • PxThucydides

    Later the Israelis complained that the diplomat had pointed out that water is wet, the sky is blue, and the earth rotates around the sun, all positions that the government of Israel refers to as “disputed”, although the rest of the world considers them facts.

  • unam_sanctum

    The “western wall” is nothing more than a remaining section of Fort Antonia.

    • Eileen Kuch

      You’re right .. The “western wall” is nothing more than a remaining section of Fort Antonia. It was never a part of the 2nd Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. All one needs do is research the area where the 2nd Temple once stood and the remains of Fort Antonia, to verify the true location of the Western Wall.

  • Paulie Baer

    Nothing to see here, folks, just the Izzies, being Izzies…

  • wars r u.s.

    Maybe we should cut all ties with them. I mean if we keep pi**ing them off wouldn’t we be doing them a favor by saying bye bye bibi.

  • Vish

    Dance, American monkey, dance!

    The Zionist organ grinder commands you!

    LOL.

  • mksharma62

    The Zionist lobby seems to be very strong in Washington and even in the White House. Trump will prove himself a fool again if he visits Jerusalem and the Wall at this juncture. Let him cancel the program for the time being.

  • Aireck
  • william beeby

    Israel is the world`s super power by proxy in modern times. Israel did not exist until the ( much smaller and easily manipulated then ) UN set it up in 1948. All you need to do is look at the borders of Israel as created in 1948 then after 1967 and then now. The changing map proves that the whole two state solution was always just a tactic by the Israelis and enabled them to bit by bit steal more and more land from the Palestinians . Anyone who has advocated a two state solution over the past 30 years has just been a dupe for the zionists who are only interested in a Greater Israel. Nothing will stop them .