Iran, Jerusalem and Israeli settlements will all be on the agenda when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump meet on Wednesday.
Analysts say the revised signals from the Trump administration are not necessarily unwelcome to Mr. Netanyahu, who is reluctant to embark on policies that could cause a strong worldwide backlash or test relations with a new president who has expressed his desire to broker the "ultimate deal" between Israel and the Palestinians.
"No, I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace", Trump told the paper.
"Even after eight years of complex navigation in the tenure of [former U.S. President Barack] Obama, we still need to continue to act wisely with the Trump administration". By December 2016, Obama was allowing the UN Security Council to vote on that Trump-derided resolution declaring Israel's settlement construction a "major obstacle" to a two-state solution.
Kara, who is a minister without portfolio, said he discussed the issue with Netanyahu on Sunday before the prime minster left for the U.S.in an effort to convince him to push the plan, and said Netanyahu would bring up the issue during his meeting with Trump, emphasizing "the issue is on the agenda".
"One was no daylight".
The U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran this month after Tehran's latest ballistic missile test, marking a more aggressive approach by the Trump administration.
Inside Netanyahu's own Likud party, activists have been circulating a letter calling for the prime minister to jettison the two-state paradigm. For instance, Trump's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal was a welcome change for a government that had stridently rejected any sort of overtures to Tehran.
Israeli Cabinet minister Gilad Erdan had earlier noted the "great importance" of the visit, saying it would counter "the false incitement campaign that is being waged against Israel around the world". "It is complicit in the murder of half a million Syrians", Oren said. But writing in today's The Australian Financial Review he is scathing of the Israeli parliament's decision to approve a law retroactively legalising 4000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land.
"When the nuclear deal expires and Iran will be able to produce not one nuclear weapon but 200 nuclear weapons in a very short period of time with complete legitimacy", he said. 'But my primary concern is Israel's security, strengthening our solid alliance with the United States'. Almost every presidential candidate has pledged to move the embassy since Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating the embassy's move to Jerusalem, while also inserting a clause allowing the move to be delayed for security reasons. Trump was initially enthusiastic, but now he's more cautious. "You are either in or you're out.' Well, I'm in". Friedman, who is an Orthodox Jew, said after his nomination in a statement that he looks forward to having "the USA embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem".
The interview with Israel Hayom - a paper owned by casino magnate and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson - also touched on the issue of Israeli settlements and their effect on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Oren said he'd like to see the president symbolically rescind the recent United Nations resolution that deemed all of Judea and Samaria, including the old city of Jerusalem and the Western Wall as occupied Palestinian territory.
Oren, who served as the Jewish state's envoy to Washington for four years between 2009 and 2013, said that first meetings between USA presidents and Israeli prime ministers are "very important".