‘If US wants to reopen consulate for Palestinians, it should do so in Ramallah’


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. 

'If US wants to reopen consulate for Palestinians, it should do so in Ramallah'

“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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