PA claims US doesn’t need Israel’s permission to reopen Jerusalem consulate


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PA claims US doesn’t need Israel’s permission to reopen Jerusalem consulate
But Jerusalem must back move, according to diplomatic protocol; Mohammad Shtayyeh resists calls to have American mission in Ramallah
By Agencies and TOI staff
10 November 2021

The United States does not need Israel’s “permission” to reopen its consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority prime minister claimed Wednesday, urging Washington to honor its diplomatic pledges. Israel, however, must accredit the consular general that the US sends to Jerusalem, according to the diplomatic protocol, making it impossible for Washington to take such a step without its backing.

US President Joe Biden’s administration has said it would reopen the diplomatic mission historically responsible for Palestinian affairs. The consulate was shuttered by then-US president Donald Trump in 2019 and its staff was folded into the US embassy — which had been moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem a year earlier — in what the Palestinians view as a downgrading of their ties with the US.

The mission was based on Jerusalem’s Agron Street and also included a consular services office in East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state. Briefing foreign reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh asserted “the United States does not need the permission of anybody” to reopen the mission.