The United States consulate building in Jerusalem

U.S. to delay reopening of Jerusalem consulate to Palestinians at Israel's request

Biden's administration to wait until a state budget is passed; high-ranking source says Prime Minister Bennett opposes reopening mission, arguing it contradicts Washington's recognition of city as Jewish state's capital

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Published: 07.22.21, 09:17
At Israel's request, U.S. President Joe Biden's administration will delay reopening the American consulate in Jerusalem as a de facto mission to the Palestinians until the government passes a budget, according to the Walla website.
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  • The U.S. decision follows requests from the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry.
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    the United States consulate building in Jerusalem
    the United States consulate building in Jerusalem
    The United States consulate building in Jerusalem
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    The news site also quotes an anonymous high-ranking Israeli source who claimed that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is opposed to the reopening of the consulate, arguing that this contradicts the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem in 2017 as the capital of Israel.
    The official clarified that the decision is not supposed to take a position on the borders of Jerusalem, the eastern part of which is claimed by the Palestinians.
    Likud MK Nir Barkat earlier this month submitted a bill that would prevent the U.S. from reopening its Jerusalem consulate to the Palestinians.
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    The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
    The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
    The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
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    "We are talking about the unification of Jerusalem," Barkat, former mayor of the city, told Channel 12, arguing that his bill was necessary to prevent the de facto division of the city.
    In 2019, the Trump administration merged the 175-year-old consulate in Jerusalem — which historically served as a de facto mission to the Palestinians — and the new U.S. embassy in the city after it had moved from Tel Aviv.

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