Rift widens over US bid for Israel’s formal consent to reopening W. Jerusalem consulate for Palestinians

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Debkafile: A US official’s statement that Israel’s written permission is required, before the US may reopen its Jerusalem consulate for Palestinians, landed with an unpleasant thud at the feet of the Bennett-Lapid government on Wednesday, Oct. 27, weeks after they had evaded the request.

The statement by Brian McKeon, US Dep. Secretary of State, came in answer to a question from Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty, before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Asked: “Is it your understanding that under US and international law, the government of Israel would have to provide its affirmative consent before the US could open or reopen the US consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem?” McKeon replied: “Senator, that’s my understanding that we need the consent of the host government to open any diplomatic facility.”

This affirmation came on the heels of the Biden administration’s recent rebukes of Israel. One, for approving 3,144 new housing units for settlements in Judea and Samaria coupled with 1.300 units in Palestinian areas of the West Bank. Two, for declaring six Palestinian organizations fronts for terrorists. Read More …

Opinion: A showdown is coming and the Biden State Department has already taken sides.

Reuters: October 13, 2021

U.S. will move forward with reopening its Palestinian mission in Jerusalem -Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday the Biden administration intends to press ahead with its plan to reopen the Jerusalem consulate that traditionally engaged with Palestinians, despite Israeli opposition to such a move.

Blinken reiterated a pledge he originally made months ago on re-establishing the consulate, which had long been a base for diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians before it was closed by President Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, in 2018.

“We’ll be moving forward with the process of opening a consulate as part of deepening of those ties with the Palestinians,” Blinken said at the State Department. source

You see, President Biden believes, in much the same way as his former boss, Barack Obama, that Arabs have equal rights to all of Biblical Israel including:

  • East Jerusalem including the Temple Mount
  • Judea and Samaria the Biblical heartland of Israel
  • The Golan Heights – a strategic buffer that protects against rocket attacks into Israel

Secretary Blinken and his boss have no idea what God, the keeper of Israel who never slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4), has to say on the matter:

“They may build, but I will throw down;
They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness,
And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever.” Malachi 1:4

Get out the popcorn. The Consulate showdown is about to begin.