David Friedman tells NPR's Morning Edition that the question of Jerusalem was "an inappropriate card" for the Palestinians to play and that taking it off the table will advance negotiations.
Israel has reshaped Jerusalem in a way that leaves many Palestinians struggling. About 38 percent of the city's residents are Palestinian. Tens of thousands live behind an Israeli-built barrier.
"What's the problem with hundreds of thousands breaking through?" Hamas' Gaza leader Yehiyeh Sinwar told international reporters Thursday. The border fence, he said, was not a "sacred cow."
More than 40 Palestinians are dead after weeks of protests on the Gaza-Israel border, where Israeli troops have sometimes used live fire — including on Friday, when some protesters rushed a fence.
Israel's defense minister alleged a photojournalist fatally shot at a Gaza protest was a Hamas member. But the U.S. said he had passed a vetting process with no ties to militants.
This brings the total number of dead to more than 27 since last week. On Friday, thousands of Palestinians once again gathered to demonstrate for the right to return to lands in today's Israel.
The Israeli military says the 40-mile barrier will run along the country's border with the Gaza Strip in an effort to thwart attacks by Palestinian militants.
President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday the U.S. is not qualified to sponsor the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians because of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
For years, Jason Greenblatt was chief legal officer at the Trump Organization. Now his job is to help bring peace to the Middle East. His closeness to Trump may help, but it's no guarantee of success.
With Arab armies massed on its frontiers, Israel unleashed a lightning strike on June 5, 1967. Donald Trump is now the 10th president seeking a lasting solution to that brief war.