Israel Condemn Biden to Revive Palestinian ‘Diplomatic Mission’
September 2, 2021
On Wednesday, Israel said that a US policy to revive its diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, which has traditionally served as a base for strategic efforts to Palestinians is a “terrible idea” that could endanger Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s new government.
President Donald Trump’s previous administration indicated help for Israel’s allegation to Jerusalem as its capital by relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv and incorporating the immigration office into that mission. It was one of a few steps that infuriated Palestinians who want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state.
President Joe Biden has promised to repair relationships with the Palestinians, support a two-state solution, and rejoin the diplomatic mission. It has been ended since 2019, with the embassy handling Palestinian affairs. When asked about the revival, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said at a press conference, “We think it’s a terrible idea.” “Because Jerusalem is the sovereign capital of Israel and Israel alone, we do not believe it is a good idea.
“We understand the (Biden) administration has a different point of view on this, but since it is actually occurring in Israel, we are confident they are paying close attention to us.” Wasel Abu Youssef, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official, stated that Israel’s refusal of the consulate’s founding was predicted, adding, “They are attempting to preserve the status quo and obstruct any political solution.”
The US embassy did not respond immediately. Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its undivided capital, a position that is not recognized internationally. During the 1967 Middle East war, it seized the city’s east as well as the colonized West Bank and Gaza. Bennett, a nationalist who leads a bipartisan coalition is opposed to Palestinian statehood.