>> Israel's demanding that the White House explain comments reportedly made by a US diplomat planning President Donald Trump's visit to the region next week. Israeli media says state officials were told an expected visit trip by Trump to Jerusalem's Western Wall would be private, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu couldn't accompany him, and that the holy place was not under Israel's jurisdiction.
The wall is the most sacred site in Judaism, captured during the 1967 war. The White House hasn't responded to a Reuters request for comment, but the incident would be the latest in a string of mixed signals from the administration. Reuters' Luke Baker in Jerusalem.>> One of the questions that's gonna be asked around that visit is whether Trump will go ahead with the promise to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The indications are that he's having not so much second thoughts, but he's not sure that timing is yet right. He said that he still intends to do it, but whether he will or not is an open question.>> The President has until June 1st to decide under a pre-existing agreement with Israel.
News of the diplomat's comments broke the same day that Trump's new ambassador, David Friedman, arrived in the region and visited the wall himself. He's a controversial figure. Friedman is a vehement supporter of expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, while Trump's been non-committal. Friedman is also a proponent of moving the embassy.
>> Pretty much every country in the world still has its embassy in Tel Aviv rather than in Jerusalem. That's because Jerusalem is not officially recognized by the world as Israel's capital. They say it's a an issue that needs to be resolved through negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
>> Friedman said he plans to work part time from Jerusalem, a clear message of his preference.