Following his humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden clearly is making numerous foul attempts, which only would result in spreading waves of war, unrest, terrorist and jihadist hooliganism in several countries in the world. While Biden is playing his evil game with full vigor in Ukraine, it is evidently proved – he also has some notorious plan for Israel.
According to a recent report published by the Washington Free Beacon, the US State Department confirms that Biden administration will move forward with establishing a new Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem that will act independently of the US ambassador to Israel’s office there. Meaning, Biden is going to cancel Donald Trump’s previous decision of recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided and eternal capital of the State of Israel.
While this move goes against the expressed wishes of the Israeli government and millions of Jews around the world, still, the Biden State Department is going even further, opening an official Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem wholly independent of the US embassy in Israel. This consulate will act as a de facto embassy to the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem, a move that violates international law.
And, most alarming side of this decision is – Joe Biden is going to establish official liaison with mega-terror outfit Hamas and other Islamist jihadist groups in Gaza and West Bank.
Commenting on Biden’s decision, David Friedman, former US ambassador to Israel said: “Opening a diplomatic office to the Palestinians in Jerusalem after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, making it clear Jerusalem is part of Israel, has the same disastrous consequences as opening a formal consulate”.
The Israeli government has strongly opposed the plan saying that it could be understood as de facto approval of a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem and a unilateral move by the Biden administration to implement that aspect of the Two-State Solution without the consent of the Israeli government. Israeli authorities proposed that the US reopen the mission in Ramallah or Abu Dis, but the PA rejected these ideas.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act was passed into law by Congress in October 1995. The Act recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city, setting aside funds for the relocation of the embassy in Israel from to be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 1999. The law allowed the President to invoke a six-month waiver of the application of the law and reissue the waiver every six months on “national security” grounds. Every president did so until President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.
The Free Beacon quoted Senator Bill Hagerty (R. Tenn), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who said the State Department is circumventing the Israeli government to create “an unofficial US consulate” to the Palestinians, in violation of the law.
“I unequivocally oppose this plan for what appears to be a new unofficial US diplomatic mission in Israel’s capital. This plan is inconsistent with the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and suggests that the administration is once again trying to undermine America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal and undivided capital”.
The purpose behind this move “is to walk back the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, erode Israel’s sovereignty over its capital city, and signal support for dividing Jerusalem. It is outrageous and shameful”, Milstein said. “Members of Congress should use every tool at their disposal to block implementation of this decision”.
Jason Greenblatt, the former White House envoy to the Middle East, slammed the move.
“By trying to appease the Palestinian leadership with this empty gesture, we hurt our critical ally Israel, and we hurt the United States—we hurt our national security, our diplomatic efforts, and we waste precious US taxpayer money”, he said.
Mark Zell, chairman of Republican Overseas Israel explained the move: They are careful not to undo the move of the embassy to Jerusalem,” Zell explained. “The embassy act pointedly does not mention a consulate, leaving a loophole that the Biden administration is exploiting. In addition to moving the embassy and recognizing Jerusalem, Trump closed the consulate and put the office of Palestinian Affairs under the Ambassador. And this is what Biden is doing.
“Closing the embassy in Jerusalem would appease the Palestinians, and the Biden administration may want to do that, but it would probably run afoul of the Embassy Ac. The more interesting question might be if opening the consulate violates international conventions concerning opening international missions without the host country’s consent. I could make this case, but we need someone who has the standing to bring a suit
“Part of the problem is that there isn’t really an Israeli government now that could bring a strong objection.
“The State Department is trying to use a back-door loophole to establish a Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem which is something they couldn’t do through the front door by negotiating with the Israeli government,” Zell concluded.
The only possible way to blocking Biden from causing harm to Israel by appeasing Palestinians and Islamist jihadist groups is only possible once Republicans win majority in the Congress and Senate during this November’s midterm elections.
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