Assessment: Israel continues to oppose a plan by US President Joe Biden to reopen a consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Israel continued its public opposition on Saturday to a plan by the Biden administration to reopen a US consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem, a move it sees would undermine its sovereignty in the capital.
“My position, and it was presented to the Americans … is that there is no place for a US consulate which serves the Palestinians in Jerusalem. We are voicing our opinion consistently, quietly, without drama,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told reporters.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.” Zech. 12;2
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, speaking next to Bennett, proposed that if the US insists on reopening its mission, it should do so in the West Bank.
“If they [the US] want to open a consulate in Ramallah, we have no problem with that,” he said.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, rejected Lapid’s comments.
“We will only accept a US consulate in Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state. That was what the US administration had announced and had committed itself to do,” he told Reuters.
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