Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett rejected the promised reopening of the principle U.S. diplomatic mission for the Palestinians in Jerusalem, saying there was no room in the contested metropolis for such an workplace.
The Trump administration shuttered the U.S. Jerusalem consulate, an workplace that for years served because the de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pledged to reopen it, a transfer that Israel says would problem its sovereignty over the town. The reopening might assist mend U.S. ties with the Palestinians ruptured beneath Trump.
Asked concerning the consulate at a press convention, Bennett late Saturday repeated Israel’s place on Jerusalem.
“There’s no room for another American consulate in Jerusalem,” he stated. “Jerusalem is the capital of one state and that’s the state of Israel.” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid steered the consulate might as a substitute be opened in the Palestinian administrative heart in Ramallah, West Bank. The Palestinians would reject the thought as a result of it could undermine their claims to Jerusalem.
Israel views Jerusalem as its everlasting, undivided capital. The Palestinians search the japanese a part of the town, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed, as capital of their hoped-for state.
The consulate is rising as one other take a look at between Bennett’s authorities and the Biden administration, which has moved to revive conventional U.S. international coverage towards Israel and the Palestinians after the Trump White House largely sided with Israel on points associated to the battle.
Trump had downgraded the consulate’s operations and positioned them beneath his ambassador to Israel when he moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy metropolis in 2018. The embassy transfer infuriated the Palestinians and led them to sever most ties with the Trump administration.
Blinken has not offered a agency date for the reopening and U.S. officers have implied that Israeli resistance to the transfer might act as a hindrance.
Palestinian official Wassel abu Yussef stated Bennett’s rejection entrenched Israel’s “policy of occupation” and that it offered a problem to the Biden administration to observe via on its promise.