The prospect of the U.S. State Department reopening the former consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem is dead. The Netanyahu government said “no.” The Bennett government said “no.” The Lapid government said “no” And the Netanyahu government will once again say “no.”
i24 News Some of the reasoning had to do with internal Israeli politics. Some has to do with a national identity tied to Jerusalem, and an unwillingness to open the door to any Palestinian claim to the Israeli capital.
Joe Biden had promised the Palestinians that he would move ahead with plans to open a second U.S. consulate in Jerusalem despite the fact that doing so would violate Israeli sovereignty as well as the rules of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
But the U.S. State Department remains undeterred. Last week, newly-elevated anti-Israel Special Representative for Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr told reporters that, “We continue to believe that reopening the consulate will put the U.S. in the best position to engage with and provide support to the Palestinian people…We’re going to continue to discuss the timeline for reopening the consulate general with our Israeli and Palestinian partners.”
Israeli officials are finished being jerked around on this issue – and others – that the Biden Regime pledged to move on without the ability to maneuver on or the willingness on which to pick a fight. Yet, they still can’t bring themselves to say to Ramallah that they overpromised and can’t deliver on the consulate issue.
The U.S. State Department actively and willingly discredits itself when its high-level diplomats offer the Palestinian consulate issue as one not only alive, but viably breathing.
It was dead on arrival. And everybody knows it.