The holiest site in Judaism is becoming a point of conflict between Trump and Israel

President Donald Trump may have angered the Israeli government just days before his trip to the Middle East.

There has been speculation that Trump would visit the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, during his Israeli trip, which would make him the first sitting US president to do so.

However, Israel's Channel 2 reports that while planning the visit, a Trump aide questioned Israel's control over the holy site, located in disputed East Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, Oct. 6, 2016 -- Jewish worshippers take part in Slichot, a prayer in which Jews offer repentance and ask God for forgiveness, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Oct. 6, 2016. (Xinhua/Gil Cohen Magen via Getty Images)
Ultra Orthodox Jewish boys are seen during a ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site in Jerusalem's Old City March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
David Friedman, new United States Ambassador to Israel, kisses the Western Wall after arriving in the Jewish state on Monday and immediately paying a visit to the main Jewish holy site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 15, 2017 REUTERS/Ammar Awad TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Notes are seen placed in the cracks of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, as people clear space for new notes ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, in Jerusalem's Old City March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Jewish people wearing 'Talit' (prayer shawls) take part in the Cohanim prayer (priest's blessing) during the Passover (Pesach) holiday at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, on April 13, 2017. Thousands of Jews make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the eight-day Pesach holiday, which commemorates the Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their plight by refraining from eating leavened food products. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, touches the Western Wall as he stands next to Britain's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis during their visit to the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy stands beneath Jewish prayer shawls during the priestly blessing prayer on the holiday of Passover at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
David Friedman, new United States Ambassador to Israel visits the Western Wall after arriving in the Jewish state on Monday and immediately paying a visit to the main Jewish holy site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 15, 2017 REUTERS/Ammar Awad
People release balloons as they celebrate a Bar Mitzvah, a traditional Jewish coming of age ceremony, as the Western Wall (right-hand corner) and the Dome of the Rock are seen in the background, in Jerusalem's Old City February 20, 2017. Picture taken February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Men clear notes placed in the cracks of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, to clear space for new notes ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, in Jerusalem's Old City March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jewish worshippers are seen from above during the priestly blessing prayer on the holiday of Passover, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshipper prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tisha B'Av, August 14, 2016. Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting and lament, commemorates the date in the Jewish calendar on which it is believed that First and Second Temples were destroyed in Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tisha B'Av, August 14, 2016. Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting and lament, commemorates the date in the Jewish calendar on which it is believed that First and Second Temples were destroyed in Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Jewish people take part in the Cohanim prayer (priest's blessing) during the Passover (Pesach) holiday at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 13, 2017, with the Dome of the Rock seen in the background. Thousands of Jews make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the eight-day Pesach holiday, which commemorates the Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their plight by refraining from eating leavened food products / AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view shows the Dome of the Rock (R) on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, and the Western Wall (L) in Jerusalem's Old City October 10, 2006. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte/File Photo
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 17: People pray at the Western Wall in the Old City on January 17, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. 70 countries attended the recent Paris Peace Summit and called on Israel and Palestinians to resume negotiations that would lead to a two-state solution, however the recent proposal by U.S President-elect Donald Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and last month's U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Jewish settlement activity in the West Bank have contributed to continued uncertainty across the region. The ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years and is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound or for Jews The Temple Mount, continues to be a focus as both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their capital. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has continued since 1947 when Resolution 181 was passed by the United Nations, dividing Palestinian territories into Jewish and Arab states. The Israeli settlement program has continued to cause tension as new settlements continue to encroach on land within the Palestinian territories. The remaining Palestinian territory is made up of the West Bank and the Gaza strip. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev touches the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City in Jerusalem, on November 10, 2016. / AFP / POOL / Dan Balilty (Photo credit should read DAN BALILTY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Western Wall employee removes messages and prayers, written on pieces of paper by thousands of people 'addressed to God', from the cracks of the Jewish holy site in Jerusalem's Old City on September 27, 2016, in preparation for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana (New Year prayer). The feast that begins on October 2 marks the start of the 5777 year since the creation of the world according to the Jewish calendar. / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio places a note in the Western Wall during a visit in Jerusalem's Old City October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
Jewish worshippers are seen from above during the priestly blessing prayer on the holiday of Passover, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, during a visit in Jerusalem's Old City February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Marc Sellem/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands next to the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, during a visit in Jerusalem's Old City February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Marc Sellem/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION TRAVEL)
Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 26, 2014. Pope Francis, at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visited on Monday Israel's "Memorial to the Victims of Terror", a day after praying at an Israeli security wall abhorred by Palestinians. REUTERS/Andrew Medichini/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
Pope Francis and the Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch walk towards the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 26, 2014. Pope Francis, at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visited on Monday Israel's "Memorial to the Victims of Terror", a day after praying at an Israeli security wall abhorred by Palestinians. REUTERS/Andrew Medichini/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
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Channel 2 reports, as noted by the Times of Israel, that a Trump aide then angrily told Israelis that the Western Wall was part of the West Bank, which is governed in part by the State of Palestine.

"What are you talking about? It's none of your business. It's not even part of your responsibility. It's not your territory. It's part of the West Bank," said the White House official according to the Times of Israel.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly wanted to accompany Trump to the Western Wall, a request the White House reportedly denied. Israelis also reportedly asked for a camera crew to film Trump, which prompted the American's remarks.

An Israeli official told Channel 2 that the Trump team member's comment "was received with astonishment."

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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, speaks while Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli's prime minister, smiles during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel's top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the White House after a meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli's prime minister, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel's top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

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U.S. President Donald Trump (2ndR) and first lady Melania Trump meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (L) in the Oval Office of White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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Chief strategist to US President Donald Trump arrives for a joint press conference by Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L) and his wife Ivanka Trump talk with Sara Netanyahu (front L) as she arrives for a joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli's prime minister, speaks during a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel's top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves following meetings with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump smiles outside the West Wing of the White House as Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, not pictured, departs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel's top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

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White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway (2nd L) listens during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer waits for the beginning of a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, speaks with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel's top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, waves while leaving the West Wing of the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Netanyahu is trying to recalibrate ties with Israel's top ally after eight years of high-profile clashes with former President Barack Obama, in part over Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

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Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Directort Lonnie Bunch(2ndR), talks with first Lady Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as they tour the Museum along with Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, left, on February 15, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu stand together during a visit to the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the remarks were "not the position of this Administration," according to journalist Itay Hod.

The Western Wall — also known as the Kotel — is the last remnant of the ancient Jewish Second Temple, and the closest that Jews can get to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

The site has been politically controversial, as it is located in Jerusalem's Old City, which was under Jordian control from the founding of Israel in 1948 to 1967, when it came under Israeli control following the Six-Day War.

In an odd coincidence, Trump's new Ambassador to Israel David Friedman arrived in the country the same day as Channel 2's report and made his first stop the Western Wall:

The reaction to Trump's reported visit to the site shows why sitting US presidents have stayed away from the Western Wall. The US president could now anger both Israelis and Palestinians with his visit.

As the Times of Israel notes, the visit "would likely be interpreted by some as akin to an American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem." Current US policy is that East Jerusalem's status should be determined by Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The Associated Press reports that the Israeli government has reached out to Trump for clarification on the remarks.

The argument over the Western Wall is not the only complication to come up while planning Trump's trip to Israel.

Netanyahu is reportedly pushing to deliver a joint speech with Trump at Masada, another historical site in Israel, rather than just the introduction he is currently slated for. Trump also caused some controversy when it appeared that he would not visit Yad Vashem during his trip, although it is now being reported he will spend 15 minutes at the Israeli Holocaust Memorial.

The trip will also be colored by questions over the status of the US Embassy in Israel, which Trump promised to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his campaign. Moving the embassy would likely indicate a change in US policy towards recognizing Israel's claim to a united Jerusalem.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday the president was still considering the move, but was analyzing the impact it would have on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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