Israel rejects reopening of US consulate for Palestine in Jerusalem

Israel rejects reopening of US consulate for Palestine in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Saturday he opposed the possibility of reopening the US Consulate for Palestine in Jerusalem.

Bennett was speaking at a press conference in Jerusalem a day after Israel’s parliament passed its annual budget for 2022.

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“There is no room for another consulate in Jerusalem,” the Israeli prime minister told the US government.

In a press conference on Wednesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States had been very clear on its intention to reopen the Palestinian consulate.

As of 2018, the United States had two consulates in Jerusalem, one for Palestine and one for Israel. After former US President Donald Trump recognized the city as the capital of Israel, the two consulates were merged and housed in a new embassy.

Relations between the United States and the Palestinians have deteriorated under the Trump administration. After US President Joe Biden entered the White House, he took several steps to improve relations with the Palestinians. One of the steps was the decision to reopen the consulate in Jerusalem for Palestinians. (Straits Times / OL-6)


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