Antony Blinken, The U.S. Secretary of State said that the Biden administration intends to press ahead with its plan to reopen the Jerusalem consulate that traditionally engaged with Palestinians, despite Israeli opposition to such a move.
The U.S. Secretary of State restated that a pledge he originally made months ago on re-establishing the consulate, which had long been a base for diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians before it was closed by President Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, in 2018.
While speaking at a Washington news conference with visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Antony Blinken stopped short of setting a date for reopening the consulate, which would strain ties with Israel’s new ideologically diverse government.
Blinken said at the State Department that “We’ll be moving forward with the process of opening a consulate as part of deepening of those ties with the Palestinians,”
The Joe Biden administration has sought to repair ties with the Palestinians that were badly damaged under Trump, The consulate was subsumed into the U.S. Embassy that was moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in 2018 by Trump – a reversal of longtime U.S. policy hailed by Israel and condemned by Palestinians.
The Biden administration says it will reopen the consulate while leaving the embassy in place, Israel regards all of Jerusalem as its capital.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as capital of the state they seek.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *