Top Trump aide won't say if Western Wall is part of Israel

His visit to the Western Wall will be the first by a sitting US president; only presidential candidates have visited the holy site.

The Israeli regime provided the highly classified information US President Donald Trump disclosed with Russian diplomats recently, a report says.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu challenged US concerns over moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, in what Haaretz newspaper called his "first public dispute" with the Trump administration.

The Western Wall - also known as the Wailing Wall - was occupied along with rest of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war in a move not recognised by the worldwide community.

This evening, USA officials reiterated that the embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but warned Israel against pressuring the administration any further about the topic.

Jewish-American Friedman, a strong supporter of Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank, entered the president's residence as a police marching band played the U.S. national anthem. In February, Trump told Israel that building new settlements was "unhelpful" to peace.

Israel declared sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem after 1967 but Palestinians and most of the world dispute that status.

Tuesday, Israel's Channel 2 identified the individual allegedly involved in the confrontation as David Berns, the political counselor at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.

Friedman arrived Monday and immediately visited the Western Wall, praying there and kissing the sacred site. "It is a sign of the unbreakable bond between Israel and the US", he said, according to a statement released by the President's Residence. According to the officials, this pressure is counterproductive.

McMaster, speaking to reporters Tuesday, declined to confirm whether the wall is part of Israel.

The status of sovereignty over the wall became a political issue between the U.S. and Israel earlier this week, casting a cloud over the highly anticipated visit by the new president.

USA ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a staunch backer of illegal settlements, arrived in the country on Monday to take up his post ahead of the visit. "His love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock-solid and enjoys his highest priority".

Trump is set to become the first US President to visit the wall on his upcoming trip, according to Israeli media. "It would advance it by amending a historic wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel".

Some even called for the end of the idea of a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu responded by saying that moving the United States embassy would not harm the peace process, but would do the opposite.