Israeli officials say US should open consulate for Palestinians in west bank

Israeli officials said the United States should open his consulate for Palestinians in the West Bank instead of in Jerusalem, where the US embassy in Israel is established.

“If they (the United States) want open a consulate in Ramallah, we don’t have problem with that,” said minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid on Saturday, speaking of the city convenient in the West Bank, according to to Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told reporters that “there are no” place for a US consulate that serves the Palestinians in Jerusalem,” the news exhaust noticed.

The comments of both Israeli officials follow an initiative that secretary of Stands Antony BlinkenIsraeli officials say US should open consulate for Palestinians in west bankAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security — Washington Collects for Colin Powell’s Funeral Lawmakers call on Biden administration to move forward steps against spyware groups to detain Blinken, foreign ministers virtual meeting on COVID-19 response, vaccine equality MORE announced rather this year that the US would reopen their consulate to Palestinians in Jerusalem.

“As I’ve told the President, I’m here to underline the dedication of the United States to rebuild the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, a ratio built on mutual respect and also a shared belief that both Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal measures of security, freedom, opportunity and dignity,” said Blinken after he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Relations between the US and the Palestinians were brought down during the Trump administration, causing… off almost all monetary aid to Palestine.

US de facto consulate for Palestinians was closed in 2019 under former President TrumpDonald TrumpNASCAR wants distance self of ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ GOP battle cry January 6 panel weighs contempt after brief deposition with former Trump DOJ official Clark Broken Promises: Veterans Health Care Will Be Replaced by the private sector MORE. At the moment, anew affairs met regarding Palestinians were subsequently dealt with via the US embassy in Israel. The US embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018.

“We only accept a US consulate in Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state. That was what the US government had announced and committed to do so,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesperson for Abbas told Reuters over Lapid’s comments.

The hill has reached out to the US embassy in Israel and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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