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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has failed to speak out against the plan for establishing a US consulate in Jerusalem to handle Palestinian affairs. (Photo: CC BY-SA 4.0)

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According to the Palestinian Daily al Quds, the American Consulate in Jerusalem, which is designed to serve Palestinians, may open as soon as next month, hinging on Bennett passing the new Israeli state budget. So far, the reaction by the Israeli political establishment has been mixed. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid did not voice any objections when it was announced earlier at a press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, even though Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is a strong opponent of this move.

According to the Media Line, Israel’s Justice Minister Gideon Saar, during a recent public conference, voiced his opposition to Israel allowing the consulate to reopen even if the Biden administration pushed for it. “I spoke with [Prime Minister Naftali Bennett] a couple of times on the issue. We are on the same page, and we don’t see differently,” Saar said, adding that “someone said it’s an electoral commitment. But for us, it’s a generation’s commitment. We will not compromise on this.” 

As the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs recently wrote, “The complexity and delicacy of the consulate issue are being compounded by the Palestinian leadership’s statements. They are turning the case into a symbolic focal point in their claims to re-divide Jerusalem and to cancel the former administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.”  

Following this development, Israeli Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page that this government seeks to “contain the division of Jerusalem,” just as they contain “death” and a “nuclear Iran.”    

The Zionist group Im Tirtzu reported that more than 150 Israeli bereaved families wrote a letter to Blinken complaining about this move. 

In the letter, the petition that was organized by Im Tirtzu and Choosing Life Forum of Bereaved Families proclaimed: “As you well know, for thousands of years, Jews have yearned and prayed for Jerusalem. Jerusalem appears 669 times in the Bible. The Jewish wedding ceremony is the only wedding ceremony during which the couple makes a vow to never forget a city, declaring: ‘If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.’ Jerusalem has always been the beating heart of the Jewish People.”

According to the petition, “As our close friend and ally, the United States should respect this unbreakable connection between the Jewish People and Jerusalem, especially when attempts to break this connection will lead to increased violence. Opening a diplomatic mission for Palestinians in Jerusalem would be a catastrophic blow for stability and calm in Jerusalem, as it would clearly reward decades of unremitting Palestinian intransigence and hostility towards Israel.”

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The Israeli bereaved families proclaimed it amounted to appeasement to terrorism: “It would send the clear message that the Palestinian Authority’s goal of dividing Jerusalem can be achieved through terrorism, violence and bloodshed, and not through meaningful negotiations. Only once the Palestinians come to terms with the reality – that Jerusalem is Israel’s undivided capital – can there be any hope of peace.”

“US citizens living abroad require a place to receive consular services, but such services can be just as well provided to Palestinians with US citizenship in Ramallah or in any other city under Palestinian Authority control,” they noted. “As our closest friend and ally, we ask that you respect our sovereignty in Jerusalem and cease all efforts that could harm Jerusalem and Israel.”

According to Im Tirtzu, “The signatories to the letter included Geula and David Malka, the parents of Hadas Malka who was murdered in Jerusalem; Herzl and Merav Hajaj, the parents of Shir Hajaj who was murdered in Jerusalem; Yael Shevach, the widow of Rabbi Raziel Shevach who was murdered in Samaria; and dozens of other bereaved families.”

“Apart from the fact that opening the consulate would trample Israeli sovereignty and lacks even the minimal respect deserving of an ally, it also sends a message to the Palestinians that resistance and intransigence pays off,“ said Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg. 

”The only thing that this move will achieve is encouraging terrorism.”

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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