"That is how it always was and how it always will be", wrote Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a tweet Wednesday. And I think probably the most delicate part of this visit is going to be his visit to the Western Wall.
Earlier this week, a senior US official reportedly said the Western Wall is in the West Bank - not Israel - during a heated exchange with the Israeli delegation helping to plan the president's visit.
Analysts agree that her choice of words reflected her personal opinions on the issue and not necessarily an official trump administration stance.
"We want to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians", he said. But who is the rightful owner of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem should be indisputable. "It could still change".
Trump has said he'd like to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, calling it "the ultimate deal".
Based on Trump's campaign promises, that deadline to act on the embassy issue should have been irrelevant.
But none of this appears to be straining the U.S. -Israel alliance.
He cast uncertainty over years of worldwide efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Netanyahu at the White House in February.
Erekat told The Associated Press that he is encouraged by Trump's determination, describing the president as "very serious" about reaching a deal. "I don't think they are falling for it".
"These comments were not authorized by the White House".
The visit to the Western Wall drew controversy before Trump even left Washington, when US officials declined to say whether it belonged to Israel.
The Jerusalem Post notes that Trump will need to work to convince Israelis that he is on their side during his visit to the Holy Land next week.
Israeli officials say they are largely in the dark about what ideas Trump might present for peace or what concessions he may demand.
Trump's fierce pro-Israel stance has limits, and just like past USA presidents, Trump has his own agenda, Herzog suggested.
That is why due to the sensitive nature of the issue it will "probably be discussed and cleared not in front of the cameras and not as part of the official visit, but behind closed doors between the leaders and I believe that it will be resolved eventually in a way that would be satisfactory to both parties", said Sher.
The following day, Trump will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, and then stop in occupied East Jerusalem, to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Western Wall - reportedly to become the first sitting United States president to visit the contested holy site that stands adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The official added the president also does not expect to convene a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this trip, but that he hopes to after another round of solo meetings with each leader.
Since the announcement of the president's travel plans, there has been some speculation that he would use the occasion to fulfill his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.