The Joint Record of Arab members of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, has urged Washington to reopen the US Consulate in occupied East Jerusalem, regardless of the objections of the Israeli authorities. The Joint Record despatched its request in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“We’re respectfully addressing you in regards to the reopening of the US Normal Consulate in Jerusalem,” the MKs stated. Regardless of opposition from Israel, they added, it is very important stake such a step “to create the precise situations for a significant peace course of.” Furthermore, reopening the consulate will likely be in keeping with Washington’s “said place that Israelis and Palestinians ought to get pleasure from equal measures of freedom, safety, dignity, and prosperity.”
The consulate in East Jerusalem operated virtually solely for the good thing about Palestinians within the occupied metropolis. Its closure by the Donald Trump administration got here at a time when Washington was giving Israel virtually every thing it wished, together with the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem and recognition of town as Israel’s capital. “[This] went hand in hand with the promotion of an unlawful annexation course of, supporting the concept of Larger Israel that can eternally management the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.”
So-called “Confidence Constructing Measures,” insist the Arab parliamentarians, “can’t exchange the necessity for political selections to make sure that Israelis and Palestinians dwell as equals, in freedom and safety, ending the occupation of 1967 via two democratic states.”
The rights of the Palestinian individuals are “inalienable”, they identified. Failure to reopen the consulate in Jerusalem “won’t simply undermine the belief and confidence in the direction of the US administration, however may also ship the flawed message” concerning the fulfilment of these rights.