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Biden faces growing bipartisan opposition over planned Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem


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President Biden faces growing and bipartisan opposition to his plan to reopen a US consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The consulate was shuttered in 2019 by former President Trump after the US embassy in Israel was relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Biden vowed to reopen the consulate in order to appease progressives.

The previous consulate constructing on Gerson Agron Street is only a few miles from the relocated US embassy.

But pro-Israel lawmakers on each side of the aisle are balking.

“Any new diplomatic facility must be agreed to by Israel. The U.S. has never opened a diplomatic office without the approval of the host government, and to do so in Israel would create a double standard,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey) warned in a statement this week.

He joined Rep. Juan Vargas (D-California), who has additionally urged Biden to pump the brakes until Israel gave the inexperienced gentle for an American consulate to Palestine on its land.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer
Rep. Josh Gottheimer believes opening a Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem with out Israel’s permission would create a double customary.
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For Israel, the difficulty is completely non-negotiable, and any settlement for a consulate would probably carry down the nation’s fragile ruling coalition, insiders say.

“I personally oppose the reopening of an American consulate in Jerusalem because it turns it into discussions of sovereignty. … Jerusalem is under Israeli sovereignty,” Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid informed The Post.

Lapid and others have stated it will be extra acceptable for the US to open their Palestinian consulate in the West Bank and have instructed Ramallah as one potential choice.

U.S. Consulate Building in Jerusalem.
Israel is against a consulate in Jerusalem, believing it opens questions of sovereignty.

The Palestinians, for his or her half, have rejected something wanting a US consulate in Jerusalem.

“East Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the occupied Palestinian territory and is the capital of the state of Palestine,” the Palestinian Foreign Ministry has said.

Israel has taken its opposition effectively past closed door conferences with Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, with prime officers from the nation urging US Jews to activate over the difficulty.

Earlier this month throughout a gathering of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked informed the attendees that it “definitely be very helpful and important for U.S. Jewish organizations to issue public statements opposing the consulate,” in accordance with a abstract of her remarks launched by Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein.

Biden additionally faces blanket opposition from Republicans who’ve rallied behind Israel and say a US consulate to the Palestinians in the Israeli capital would additionally violate the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act — which Biden voted for whereas he was a US Senator.

“President Biden must immediately abandon any plans to open this consulate and reaffirm America’s unambiguous support of an undivided Israeli capital in Jerusalem,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville), the chair of the House GOP Conference, informed The Post.

On Wednesday Stefanik, joined by greater than 100 of her House colleagues, launched the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021 which might “Prohibit the use of funds for any diplomatic facility in Jerusalem other than the United States Embassy to Israel.”

Reps for the State Department didn’t reply to request for remark.

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