Both White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster refused to clearly answer questions on Tuesday about whether they thought the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, is in Israel. This seems like a simple question, especially for employees of a president who has promised to improve ties with the Jewish state. But it actually reflects a decades-long diplomatic balancing act.
How did we get here?
The firestorm started on Monday when a meeting between Israeli and American officials to discuss the logistics of next week’s presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority devolved into a shouting match after the Israelis requested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany Trump to the Western Wall, with an American official arguing that the Western Wall is “not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank.”article itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Article"">
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