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Bennett: There’s no room in Jerusalem for a US consulate for Palestinian


Israel has told the Biden administration that it opposes any plan to reopen the U.S. Consulate General. Provides service to Palestinians In Jerusalem because the city is the undivided capital of the Jewish state, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told reporters on Saturday night.

“My position, presented to the Americans by myself and by Secretary of State Lapid, is that there is no place for an American consulate serving the Palestinians in Jerusalem,” Bennett said.

“We have expressed our position [to the US] Determined, quiet, without drama, and I hope it will be understood. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel only. “

Lapid backed Bennett and said that “sovereignty in Jerusalem [belongs] To one state, the State of Israel, “and that” this is a principled position of the State of Israel to open a consulate in Jerusalem. “

The issue here is Jerusalem and not a Palestinian consulate, Lapid stressed, adding that the United States is invited to open a Palestinian consulate in Ramallah.

A coalition of organizations opposed to the Biden administration’s intention to reopen a U.S. consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem has held a shift in Jerusalem. (Credit: Courtesy)

Former President Donald Trump closed in 2019 the old U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem that served the Palestinians and served as the de facto embassy in the Palestinian Authority. It provided a direct line between the Palestinian Authority and Washington. 2018.

The Biden administration has promised the Palestinian Authority that it will reopen the Consulate General, but has not yet fulfilled that commitment or even provided a date for such an opening.

The U.S. was expected to move forward on the issue only after the government successfully approved its budget on Thursday.

It is assumed that this issue will be a Increasing voltage point Between Jerusalem and Washington, along with the continued settlement activity against which the Biden administration resents.

It is as if the United States will need Israel’s approval to reopen the consulate, even though the building itself exists and the change is solely at the policy level.

Bennett downplayed the importance of Israeli opposition to American plans to reopen the Consulate General.

“There is so much more that we agree with our American friends, than we do not agree on,” he said.

Bennett and Lapid spoke as senior global energy security adviser Amos Hochstein is scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories on Sunday and Monday. He will meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss energy security. Hochstein will also discuss maritime negotiations with Israeli officials.

In addition to Hochstein’s arrival, Colombian President Ivan Duka will land in Israel on Sunday for a three-day visit.

On Tuesday, he will open a commercial and innovation office in Jerusalem that will be a satellite of his office in Tel Aviv. The move is a nod to Colombian recognition of Israeli sovereignty over its capital.


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