Palestinians slam Israeli feedback on US consulate in Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority mentioned Israel doesn’t have the best to veto US choice to reopen its consulate in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority has slammed Israel for rejecting the promised reopening of the United States consulate in occupied East Jerusalem, a move that will restore Washington’s foremost diplomatic mission for the Palestinians within the contested metropolis.

The Trump administration shuttered the US Jerusalem consulate, an workplace that for years served because the de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pledged to reopen it, a move that Israel says would problem its sovereignty over town. The reopening might assist mend US ties with the Palestinian management, which ruptured below Trump.

In a press release on Sunday, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry mentioned it views the reopening of the consulate as a part of the worldwide neighborhood’s commitments to ending Israel’s decades-long occupation of territories the Palestinians search for his or her future state.

Right-wing Israelis maintain a rally exterior the US consulate in Jerusalem to protest in opposition to a choice by the United States to reopen their consulate in occupied East Jerusalem, on October 27, 2021 [File Ahmad Gharabli/AFP]

“East Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the occupied Palestinian territory and is the capital of the state of Palestine. Israel, as the occupying power, does not have the right to veto the US administration’s decision,” the assertion mentioned.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett mentioned on Saturday there was “no room” in Jerusalem for the mission.

“There’s no room for another American consulate in Jerusalem,” he mentioned. “Jerusalem is the capital of one state and that’s the state of Israel.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid prompt the consulate might as an alternative be opened within the Palestinian administrative centre in Ramallah, the occupied West Bank.

On Saturday, the spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Lapid’s feedback.

“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 doing,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh advised Reuters information company.

The Palestinian Authority desires East Jerusalem because the capital of a future state. Israel, which captured East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in a move that almost all of the worldwide neighborhood didn’t recognise, calls Jerusalem its indivisible capital.

Seeking to restore ties with Palestinians, the Biden administration has mentioned it could reopen the consulate.

The consulate is rising as one other check between Bennett’s authorities and the Biden administration, which has moved to revive conventional US overseas coverage in the direction of Israel and the Palestinians after the Trump White House largely sided with Israel on points associated to the battle.

Trump had downgraded the consulate’s operations and positioned them below his ambassador to Israel when he moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018. The embassy move infuriated the Palestinians and led them to sever most ties with the Trump administration.

Blinken has not supplied a agency date for the reopening of the consulate and US officers have implied that Israeli resistance to the move might act as a hindrance.