JERUSALEM-Israel said on Wednesday that the United States plans to reopen its consulate in Jerusalem, which has traditionally been a base for diplomatic contacts with Palestinians. This is a “bad idea” that could undermine Prime Minister Naftali Bey. The stability of Nate’s new government.
President Donald Trump’s previous administration has shown support for Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital by moving the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv and placing the consulate in that mission.
This is one of several moves that have angered the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem to become the capital of a hopeful future country.
President Joe Biden has pledged to restore relations with the Palestinians, support the two-state solution, and continue to reopen the consulate. It has been closed since 2019, and Palestinian affairs are handled by the embassy.
“We think this is a bad idea,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said at a press conference when asked about the reopening. “Jerusalem is the sovereign capital of Israel and Israel, so we don’t think this is a good idea.
“We know that the (Biden) government has a different view on this, but since it happened in Israel, we are sure they will listen to our opinions very carefully.”
When asked for comment, the Palestine Liberation Organization official Wasel Abu Youssef (Wasel Abu Youssef) said that Israel is trying to maintain the status quo and prevent any political solution.
The U.S. Embassy did not immediately comment.
Israel regards the entire Jerusalem as its indivisible capital-a status that has not been recognized internationally.
In the 1967 Middle East War, it occupied the eastern part of the city and the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
Bennett is a nationalist with a cross-party coalition and opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state. Lapid said that the reopening of the consulate may disturb the Bennett government, which ended Benjamin Netanyahu’s long term in June.
“Our government has an interesting but subtle structure, and we think it might destabilize this government. I don’t think the US government wants this to happen,” he said.
Lapid said that the differences between the Palestinians also cast doubt on the prospects of diplomacy. “I am a big believer in the two-state solution… but we have to admit that this is not feasible under the current circumstances.”