President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy out of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was a signal that America recognized the whole of Jerusalem to be part of the state of Israel.  While the Biden administration has not shifted the embassy out of Jerusalem just yet, it may be preparing the way by reopening the consulate in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian-held part of Jerusalem.  Trump shut the consulate down and merged it with the embassy.

Biden straining relations with Israel over plans for East Jerusalem consulate

From www.americanthinker.com
2021-11-08 06:00:00


President Biden’s announced intention to reopen a U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem for outreach to Palestinians looms as a significant point of contention between the administration and Israel.  A look at the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, is a logical starting point to analyze the problem.  The Convention provides in Article 2.1:

The establishment of consular relations between States takes place by mutual consent.

Article 4.1 provides:

A consular post may be established in the territory of the receiving State only with that State’s consent.

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