Israeli Security Officials Call For Reopening Of US Consulate To Palestinians In Jerusalem

More than 300 former generals and senior security officials in Israel on Monday supported the reopening of a consulate to Palestinians in Jerusalem by the United States that was closed by the Trump administration in 2019.

Israel’s right-wing and conservative prime minister and others have voiced opposition to President BidenJoe Biden US Bishops To Consider Whether Biden Should Receive Communion Barrels Of Congress Towards Year-End Clash Biden Turns On Former New Orleans Mayor Landrieu To Lead Infrastructure MOREintended to reopen the consulate, warning that it would undermine Israel’s claim to the Holy City as the undivided capital of the Jewish people.

But in the letter organized by Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS), a non-partisan organization of former officials spanning high-level security agencies in Israel, the members argue that the reopening is in the interests of Israel’s national security.

“… The administration should carefully weigh the effect of opposing the US measure at a time when our leaders are united in the desire to improve relations with the Democratic Party in the service of our vital national security interest of restoring bipartisan support. which we have enjoyed so far too long ago, ”said the letter, which was sent to a member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset and the Israeli cabinet.

It was signed by the CIS President, Major General (retired), Matan Vilnai, former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The organization is made up of more than 300 retired IDF generals and retired officials from Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service; Shin Bet, your internal security service; chiefs of police and the National Security Council.

The CIS letter argues that allowing the reopening would strengthen the Palestinian Authority (PA), the internationally recognized representatives of the Palestinian people based in Ramallah, in the West Bank.

Maintaining the support and increasing popularity of the Palestinian Authority is an important goal for Israeli security officials, who partner with the Palestinian Authority security forces in the fight against terrorism and crime; and it is seen as a counterattack against the influence of Hamas, the US-designated terrorist organization that runs the Gaza Strip. Israel and Hamas fought a dramatic 11-day war in May.

“In that context, you would do well to consider the contribution of renewing consulate operations to our security, given its positive effect on the stability of the Palestinian Authority and its security coordination with our forces, and the strategic objective of restoring support. bipartisan to Israel. in Washington, ”the CIS letter said.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet opposes the Biden administration’s efforts to reopen a consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem. reportedly tell a Democratic delegation that visited Jerusalem last week that it would block such a US effort.

Opposition also comes from Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, a centrist who is expected to take over as prime minister in a rotation with Bennett. He said The United States should open a consulate for the Palestinians in Ramallah.

The israeli government supposedly asked The Biden administration postponed the reopening of the consulate until the coalition, which was formed earlier this year, could pass a budget for the country and secure its rule for at least a year, which it did on November 4.

But since then, the Biden administration has made few public moves to reopen the consulate, the original building that housed the consulate is located east of downtown Jerusalem.

Previous President TrumpDonald Trump Stoltenberg Says The Jan. 6 Siege Was An Attack On “ NATO Core Values ​​” Christie Says Her Only Regret About Preparing Trump’s Debate Is Catching The COVID Woman Who Invaded The Sea- a-Lake Trump deported to China MOREThe decision to close the US consulate to the Palestinians in 2019, after moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, served as powerful acts of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

This distinction is retained by the majority of the international community who want Jerusalem’s final status to be decided in direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, who want Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

Since 2019, the United States has directed its diplomatic mission to the Palestinians outside of the United States embassy in Jerusalem. During the Trump administration, the former consulate building served as a temporary residence for then-US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

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