Israeli Official Says Reopening of US Palestinian Mission in Jerusalem May Not Happen

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An American emblem  flutters astatine  the premises of the erstwhile  United States Consulate General successful  Jerusalem connected  March 4, 2019. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

An American emblem flutters astatine the premises of the erstwhile United States Consulate General successful Jerusalem connected March 4, 2019. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

JERUSALEM—Israel’s lawman overseas curate said connected Sunday that the Biden medication whitethorn shelve its program to reopen a U.S diplomatic ngo for Palestinians successful Jerusalem aft Israel voiced absorption to specified a move.

The Jerusalem consulate was subsumed into the U.S. Embassy that was moved to the contested metropolis from Tel Aviv successful 2018 by the medication of erstwhile President Donald Trump—a reversal of U.S. argumentation hailed by Israel and condemned by Palestinians.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this period reiterated Washington’s program to reopen the consulate arsenic portion of efforts to repair Palestinian ties. He did not springiness timelines.

“I judge that I person bully crushed to deliberation this volition not happen,” Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll told Israel’s Ynet TV.

“The Americans recognize the governmental complexity,” Roll said. “We person precise bully relations … We don’t judge successful astonishing them. I don’t deliberation they volition effort to astonishment us.”

U.S. Embassy spokespeople could not instantly beryllium reached for comment

Israel deems each Jerusalem its undivided superior and says it would not consent to reopening the consulate. The Palestinians privation the city’s eastbound for their ain future, hoped-for state.

Reuters

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