MEA – Israel announced its opposition to the decision of US President Joe Biden’s administration to reopen its General Consulate in occupied Jerusalem, after former President Donald Trump had closed it.
“I am not concerned about the Biden administration’s desire to strengthen Abu Mazen, but we strongly opposed the reopening of the consulate in the Jerusalem municipality,” Gilad Ardan, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, told the Israel Broadcasting Corporation.
He added, “Not every dispute is a crisis. I hope this will not happen (reopening the consulate), but if it does, then it is a sovereign decision of the United States, and we will remain in dispute over the matter.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said after his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah yesterday, “I have told Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, that the United States will move forward with the process of reopening our consulate in Jerusalem. This is an important way for our country to deal with the Palestinian people and provide support.” for him”.
Prior to its closure by Trump, the US Consul General in Jerusalem was authorized to communicate with the Palestinians, officially and publicly, under a separate mandate from the US embassy responsible for liaising with the Israelis.
The Trump administration closed the Consulate General in Jerusalem, after moving its embassy to the city from Tel Aviv in 2018, and its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
And following Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinian leadership stopped its political contacts with the American administration until it was renewed early this year, after Biden was installed as president of the United States of America.