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Abbas Calls on US Administration to Reopen Consulate in Jerusalem

Abbas Calls on US Administration to Reopen Consulate in Jerusalem

Tuesday, 26 October, 2021 - 07:30
US consulate in Jerusalem (Reuters)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the US administration to fulfill its promises to the Palestinians and reopen the US consulate in Jerusalem and PLO diplomatic mission in Washington.

Abbas also demanded lifting all financial "sanctions" imposed on the Palestinians by the previous US administration.

Abbas called for a meeting with various Palestinian officials and factions after the Israeli government incursions and violation of the international laws, such as establishing settlements throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem, storming the al-Aqsa Mosque, killing and arresting Palestinians, and demolishing their homes.

The meeting called for "the necessity of implementing the resolutions of international legitimacy related to the two-state solution." Abbas threatened to return to UN Security Council Resolution 181 related to the partition plan and endorse the one-state solution.

The leadership also emphasized the need to develop peaceful popular resistance and strengthen the role of the unified national leadership.

The meeting agreed to send messages to all world leaders and address international institutions, including the UN General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Criminal Court, and the International Court of Justice to take appropriate measures to end Israel's colonial settlement and aggression against Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Israel's deputy foreign minister Idan Roll said that the Biden administration might shelve its plan to reopen a US diplomatic mission for Palestinians in Jerusalem after Israel voiced opposition to such a move.

"I believe that I have good reason to think this will not happen," indicated Roll, adding that "the Americans understand the political complexity. […] We have very good relations ... We don't believe in surprising them. I don't think they will try to surprise us."

The Jerusalem consulate was subsumed into the US Embassy that was moved to the contested city from Tel Aviv in 2018 by the administration of former President Donald Trump - a reversal of US policy hailed by Israel and condemned by Palestinians.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated Washington's plan to reopen the consulate as part of efforts to repair Palestinian ties. He did not give timelines.

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