Biden plan to reopen Jerusalem consulate for Palestinians a “bad idea”, Israeli FM says

Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid meets with Moroccan Foreign Minister Bourita, in Rabat
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks during a news conference as he meets with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat, Morocco August 11, 2021. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

September 1, 2021

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel believes the Biden administration’s plan to reopen the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem to provide diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians is a “bad idea”, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Wednesday.

The previous administration of President Donald Trump signalled support for Israel’s claim on Jerusalem as its capital by moving the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv and subsuming the consulate in that mission.

(Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Rami Ayyub)

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