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In Jerusalem, Pompeo Tackles US Democrats on Antisemitism

In Jerusalem, Pompeo Tackles US Democrats on Antisemitism

The recognition of the disputed area would mark a major shift in USA policy a week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington to meet with Trump and address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

A presidency statement by Greek Cyprus said Anastasiades was accompanied by Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis and Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.

Mr Trump's declaration comes as Mr Netanyahu faces a closely-fought general election next month, as well as a series of possible corruption charges.

Issues on the agenda included energy security and regional developments. Palestinian leaders, who broke off contact with Washington after the recognition of Jerusalem by Trump, say they expect the plan to be blatantly biased in favor of Israel. Water from the Golan travels to the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River. Neither made any public comment at the site.

O'Rourke said at the time that he was not against the Iron Dome but he could not support sending $225 million to Israel without any debate or discussion.

"I think it's symbolic that a senior American official go there with a prime minister of Israel", he said before making the trip.

Israel captured east Jerusalem and the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war, and for decades, USA officials refrained from visiting the Western Wall with Israeli leaders to avoid the appearance of recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the city's most sensitive holy sites.

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Israel has long considered all of Jerusalem as its eternal, indivisible capital, while Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state they seek in territory Israel took in the June 1967 war.

Next to the Western Wall is a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Before going to the wall, he visited the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. The elevated plaza above it is the Noble Sanctuary, the third holiest site in Islam, containing the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

"This is a long-term relationship and an incredibly important one to both countries and we have to get this right, we have to get this right always and we can't let election schedules drive the work we are doing together", he said. Trump also has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians and shuttered the Palestinians' de facto embassy in Washington.

Pompeo, now on a Middle East tour, visited Kuwait before Israel and is due to proceed to Lebanon.

The Trump State Department has likewise dropped previous definitions of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as being "occupied" by the Jewish state.