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Republican lawmakers sign letter urging Biden not to reopen the US Consulate in Jerusalem

Two hundred Republicans in the US House of Representatives signed a letter urging US President Joe Biden not to proceed with plans to reopen the US Consulate in Jerusalem.

The letter, led by Representative Lee Zelden and signed by all but 12 Republicans in the House of Representatives, claims that reopening the consulate “contradicts the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act by promoting the partition of Jerusalem.”

The Republicans see in the letter that Israel opposes the move and that it will be a “reward” for the Palestinian Authority, whose policies they claim are the “real obstacle to peace.”

The consulate in Jerusalem was closed by former US President Donald Trump in 2019, and its employees were attached to the US embassy in Ramallah, and moved to the city a year ago, in what the Palestinians see as a decline in their relations with the United States.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry had called on the US administration to expedite the reopening of its consulate in Jerusalem and to close the door to “racist incitement campaigns of the extreme right in Israel.”

Source: times of Israel

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