I suggested moving it to Ramallah.. Israel defies Biden’s plan to open the US consulate in Jerusalem, and the Palestinians denounce

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who stressed public opposition to President Joe Biden’s administration’s plan to reopen the US Consulate in occupied Jerusalem to serve the Palestinians.

Today, Sunday, the ministry said – in a statement – that “Bennett’s statements are a blatant challenge to the announced decisions and policy of the US administration.”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry considered that the positions of the US administration and the international community are “on the line of the final test” of credibility, and called on Washington to translate its positions by reopening the consulate.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told reporters on Saturday, “My position, which was presented to the Americans, is that there is no place for an American consulate serving the Palestinians in Jerusalem. We express our opinion steadily, calmly and without review.”

Yair Lapid’s proposal

And Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who was standing next to him, suggested reopening the consulate in Ramallah in the West Bank, and said, “If (the United States) wants to open a consulate in Ramallah, we have no problem with that.”

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, rejected Lapid’s comments, telling Reuters, “We will only accept the US consulate in Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state, and this is what the US administration has announced and has committed to.”

The administration of former President Donald Trump had closed the US Consulate in Jerusalem after it considered the occupied city the capital of Israel, moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to it, and merged the consulate into the new embassy.

The US Consulate General specializes in communicating with the Palestinians, apart from the embassy, ​​which specializes in communicating with the Israelis.

In its quest to repair relations with the Palestinians, the administration of US President Joe Biden said it would reopen the consulate, but did not specify a date for that.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said last month, “We will move forward with the process of opening the consulate in the context of deepening those relations with the Palestinians.”

However, his deputy for administration and resources, Brian McKeown, indicated Israel’s reluctance during a Senate hearing when asked about the matter. “My understanding is that we need the approval of the host government to open any diplomatic facility,” he said.

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