Tillerson: 'The wall is part of Jerusalem'

Tillerson: 'The wall is part of Jerusalem'
© Greg Nash

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said early Monday that he believes the Western Wall is part of Jerusalem.

Aboard Air Force One, Tillerson was asked whether he agrees with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Western Wall is part of Israel, according to pool reports.

"The wall is part of Jerusalem," Tillerson said.

Haley said last week she believes the Western Wall is a part of Israel, breaking with U.S. policy that has held that the wall is in Jerusalem instead of Israel.

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"I don't know what the policy of the administration is, but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel," Haley said on The Brody File.

"I think that's how we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue. … We've always thought that the Western Wall was part of Israel."

Haley also said she think the U.S. Embassy in Israel should be in Jerusalem.

"Because if you look at — all their government is in Jerusalem," she said. "So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem, and I think we have to see that for what it is."

President Trump on Monday landed in Israel in his second stop during his first foreign trip abroad. He is expected to make a private visit to the wall without Israeli officials.

In remarks upon his arrival, Trump said a "rare opportunity" exists for peace in the Middle East and sought to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the U.S. and Israel.