November 30, 2021

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Israel rejects US consulate in Jerusalem

TEL AVIV, Nov 7 (TASR) – The Israeli government has refused to reopen the main US diplomatic mission to Palestinians in Jerusalem. The Associated Press reported Sunday that he argues that there is no place for such an office in the disputed city.

The government of former US President Donald Trump closed the US Consulate in Jerusalem, which for years served as a de facto US embassy for the Palestinians. The current US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has promised to reopen. According to Israel, this would be a question of Israeli sovereignty over the city, but it could improve Washington’s relations with the Palestinians, the Associated Press writes.

There is no place for another US consulate in Jerusalem.” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett answered a question about such a council at a press conference Saturday evening. Jerusalem is the capital of one state, the State of Israel. compressed.

Israeli Foreign Minister Jair Lapid has proposed opening a consulate in a Palestinian administrative center in Ramallah, in the West Bank. However, according to the Associated Press, the Palestinians would reject it, as it would undermine their claims to Jerusalem.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital. The Palestinians want to have their own metropolis of the eastern part, which was occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed.

The US Consulate case may be another test of relations between the Bennett government and the administration of US President Joe Biden. It has taken steps to restore Washington’s traditional foreign policy toward Israel and the Palestinians after the Trump White House essentially sided with Israel on issues related to the conflict with the Palestinians.

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Trump shifted the agenda of the US Consulate to the US Embassy in Israel when he moved the embassy in 2018 from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Her move angered the Palestinians, who cut off most contacts with the Trump administration.