A day after U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure, Jerusalem shifted its attention to official ceremonies, festivities and emotional remarks as the capital celebrated Wednesday the 50th anniversary of its reunification in the Six-Day War. Nethanyau said that Jerusalem was and always will be the capital of Israel. The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will always remain under Israeli sovereignty. The prime minister also participated in the official ceremony marking the liberation of Jerusalem, held on Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. Nethanyau said to the families of the fallen soldiers that we have not forgotten any of your loved ones. Despite the preparations, clashes erupted when left-wing activists tried to prevent the marchers from passing through Damascus Gate and were removed from the area by Border Police. Anyway we have to underline the fact that Jerusalem is also one of the poorest cities in the country. About 45% of Jerusalem’s nearly 900,000 residents live below the poverty line, compared with 20% among the population nationwide.
Trump says he has not ruled out visiting Western Wall with Netanyahu.In an exclusive interview with Israel Hayom, US President Donald Trump says “I love the people of Israel, I’m working hard to finally have peace for Israel and the Palestinians” US President Donald Trump has not yet decided who will accompany him to the Western Wall during his upcoming visit to Israel, but he told Israel Hayom in an exclusive interview Thursday: “We have great respect and friendship for [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu”. On Tuesday, the White House said that Netanyahu would not accompany Trump on the first visit to the holy site by an incumbent U.S. president. “No Israeli leaders will join President Trump at the Western Wall,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters.The decision to visit the Western Wall “with the rabbi is more traditional, but that could change”, Trump told Boaz Bismuth at the White House Thursday, when asked why Netanyahu would not accompany him.In the interview, the American president reiterated his desire to reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel demanded an explanation from the White House, casting a cloud over the highly anticipated visit by the new president, which is being greeted with a mixture of excitement and nervousness by Israeli officials.The spat reportedly erupted during preparations for Trump’s visit, during which he is planning a stop at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.Israel captured the Old City in the 1967 Six-Day War. It considers the entire city of Jerusalem to be its eternal capital and next week, on Jerusalem Day, is set to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of its unification.On the campaign trail, Trump voiced solidly pro-Israel positions. His campaign platform made no mention of an independent Palestinian state. He showed little concern about Israeli settlement construction, expressed support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowed to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He also surrounded himself with a core of advisers with strong ties to the settlement enterprise, including his ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.Bennett said he welcomed Trump’s arrival next week, but said Israel also has to stick to its positions. He said Israel must oppose attempts to establish a Palestinian state and insist on Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem “forever”.