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US Places Jerusalem Consulate Under Embassy

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Earlier this year, the United States' decision to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem caused mass rioting and violence by Palestinians — chaos which hasn't yet stopped. Well, the Palestinians are bound to be even angrier at today's news, reported by The Times of Israel's Alexander Fulbright, that the U.S. is now merging its consulate with its embassy, both in the Holy City, Israel's true capital:

The State Department announced Thursday that it would bring its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians under the auspices of the US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, marking an implicit downgrading of the facility’s status and a fresh blow to its already strained ties with the Palestinians.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move was meant to “achieve significant efficiencies and increase our effectiveness” following the opening of the embassy in May. He insisted the merger of the two missions did not signal a change in US policy on the status of Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza Strip.

“The United States continues to take no position on final status issues, including boundaries or borders,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final status negotiations between the parties.”

He added that US President Donald Trump was commitment to a “lasting and comprehensive peace” between Israel and the Palestinians. “We look forward to continued partnership and dialogue with the Palestinian people and, we hope in the future, with the Palestinian leadership,” he said...

Tags: Jerusalem , US-Israel Relations

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