Amid Israeli opposition, US said to propose joint team on consulate reopening

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Amid Israeli opposition, US said to propose joint team on consulate reopening
Blinken tells Lapid he recognizes political sensitivity of reopening de facto mission to Palestinians in Israel’s capital, says panel will allow sides to discuss matter discreetly
By TOI staff and Jacob Magid

The US and Israel are reportedly planning to form a joint team tasked with resolving a growing dispute over the Biden administration’s plan to reopen the US consulate in Jerusalem, against the wishes of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s new government. The joint panel will be led by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Lapid, along with one or two senior aides from both sides, according to a Wednesday Axios report.

Blinken proposed the idea during a meeting with Lapid in Washington last week, when Biden’s plan to reopen what historically served as the de facto representative mission to the Palestinians was raised. The consulate was shuttered by former US president Trump in 2019 and its staff were folded into the US embassy, moved to the city a year earlier, in what the Palestinians view as a de facto downgrading of their ties with the US.

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