The Biden administration’s plans to reopen the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem have been shelved until after Israel’s upcoming elections, Axios reported Wednesday. The consulate has for decades served “Palestinians” as a de facto embassy and was the main conduit for communication between the U.S. and the Palestinian leadership. It was shuttered by the Trump administration and merged into the incipient U.S. Embassy, which was relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018.
Attempting to reopen it would become highly politicized during Election season, the report verbally expressed, and make any endeavors to do so fraught with challenges. “We look forward to deepening our engagement with the Palestinian people and leadership. As part of that, we are reviewing our U.S. diplomatic presence on the ground to ascertain that it enables us to fully conduct our complete range of activities, including engagement, public diplomacy, assistance and diplomatic reporting,” a State Department source told Axios.
According to Axios, discussions have taken place about whether the consulate would be reinstated in its former location in Agron Street in downtown Jerusalem or whether it would be relocated to an incipient location in east Jerusalem, which is predominantly Arab.
“Such a move would be packed with political symbolism, signaling that the U.S. apperceives that the Palestinian capital should be in East Jerusalem. But it would encounter sharp Israeli pushback,” the report verbalized, noting that any reopening would require Israel’s approbation.
The Trump administration’s decision to cease the operation of the consulate sparked outrage among Palestinians, who verbally expressed the move constituted a de facto apperception by the U.S. of Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Late Palestinian official Saeb Erekat described the move as being “the final nail in the coffin” for the Trump administration’s efforts at a placidity process. Member of the PLO central committee member, Hanan Ashrawi, verbally expressed it was “an act of political assault on Palestinian rights and identity.”
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