Secretary of State Blincoln announces that the U.S. will reopen the consulate in Jerusalem
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken announced the reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, a move that will restore contact with Palestinians who have been demoted by the Trump administration.
The consulate has long served as an autonomous office and is responsible for establishing diplomatic relations with the Palestinians. But former President Donald Trump demoted his actions when he moved the embassy to Jerusalem and placed it under the authority of his ambassador to Israel.
The move angered the Palestinians, who viewed East Jerusalem as the capital of the occupied territories and future nations.
After a meeting between Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and Palestinian President Abbas, Brinken announced this step on Tuesday. The United States is trying to strengthen Abbas in competition with the ruling Hamas militant group in Gaza and on the international stage.
Abbas leads the internationally supported Palestinian Authority, which was ousted from Gaza when Hamas seized power in 2007. He now manages only parts of the occupied West Bank. Although he is not popular at home, he is regarded internationally as a representative of the Palestinian people and a key partner in the long-stalled peace process.
In the blink of an eye, Brinken repeatedly mentioned the fundamental problems of decades of conflict and expressed sympathy for both sides, but he was not very interested in initiating the United States to seek a lasting peace again. This may be because the previous efforts of successive administrations have failed. On the contrary, he expressed his desire to create a “better environment” in which one day there may be peace negotiations.
Despite these humble goals, Brinken made it clear that President Joe Biden will pursue a fairer approach to the region than Trump, and Trump overwhelmingly supports Israel in almost all areas of disagreement with the Palestinians. .
“As I said to the President, I hereby emphasize that the United States is committed to rebuilding the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, a relationship based on mutual respect, and the common belief that Palestinians and Israelis should be equal and safe. Measures of freedom, opportunity and dignity.”
He did not provide an exact date for the consulate to reopen, but he said that Michael Ratney, a senior American diplomat who previously served as consul general in Jerusalem, will soon return to the area.
Earlier Tuesday, Brinken vowed to “assemble international support” to aid Gaza after a devastating war in Gaza, while keeping aid out of Hamas control as he embarked on a regional trip to support last week’s ceasefire . He also announced the provision of approximately US$38.5 million in additional aid to the Palestinians. After the Trump administration cut off almost all aid to them, this brought the total amount of US aid to the Palestinians under the Biden administration to more than 360 million U.S. dollars.
The 11-day conflict between the militant group and Israel has been effective on Friday, but the agreement did not resolve any potential problems in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which Brinken admitted after meeting with the Israeli prime minister. Benjamin Netanyahu.
Brinken said: “We know that to prevent violence from happening again, we must use the space created to solve a wider range of potential problems and challenges.” “This must first resolve the serious humanitarian situation in Gaza and begin reconstruction.
“The United States will strive to gain international support around this effort, while also making our own major contributions.”
He said that the United States and its partners “ensure that Hamas does not benefit from reconstruction assistance.”
According to Reuters, during the 11-day conflict, at least 254 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, including at least 66 children, and more than 1,900 others were injured. According to Reuters, according to Israeli officials, an Israeli soldier and 12 civilians were killed in Israel, including 2 children, and hundreds of people were treated for injuries.
He blinked and said that he would not meet with Hamas. Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, and both Israel and the United States consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization.
Brinken talked about the greater conflict. He said: “We believe that Palestinians and Israelis should also enjoy a safe and secure life, enjoy equal freedom, opportunity and democracy, and should be treated with dignity.”
But for more than a decade, the top US diplomat has faced the same obstacles that hindered the broader peace process, including Israeli hawks, the division of Palestine, and the deep-rooted tensions surrounding Jerusalem and its holy sites. The Biden administration initially hoped to avoid falling into a difficult conflict and to focus on other foreign policy priorities before the violence broke out.
Brinken has repeatedly reiterated that he was talking about Israel’s right to self-defense and that the United States will assist Israel in supplementing its Iron Dome rocket interception system.
Meanwhile, Natanyahu is fighting for his political life after the fourth indecisive election in two years. He faced increasing criticism from the Israelis, who said he ended the offensive prematurely without forcibly stopping the rocket attack or hitting Hamas hard.
Netanyahu barely mentioned the Palestinians in his speech. He warned that Hamas would adopt a “very powerful” response if it breaks the ceasefire agreement.
Netanyahu talked about “building economic growth” in the occupied West Bank, but he said that peace will not be achieved unless the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.”
The Palestinians have long opposed this language, and speaking it undermines the rights of Israel’s own Palestinian minority.
Police clashed with protesters
The war was triggered by weeks of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, which is part of the Holy Land in the Old City of Jerusalem and is respected by Muslims and Jews. The purpose of the protests was Israel’s policing of the area during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and Jewish settlers threatened to expel dozens of Palestinian families.
As tensions in Jerusalem remain high and the fate of Palestinian families has not yet been resolved, the truce remains weak.
Before the fighting in Gaza broke out, the eviction was put on hold, but legal procedures will resume in the coming weeks. A few hours after the ceasefire took effect, on Friday, police briefly clashed with protesters in Al-Aqsa. Over the years, the website has broken out several violent conflicts between Israel and Palestine.
Netanyahu is unlikely to make any public concessions to Al-Aqsa or the expulsion, as this would be seen as succumbing to Hamas’ demands.
Exacerbating the tension, the Israeli army shot and killed a Palestinian man on Monday. They said they stabbed two men, one of whom was an Israeli soldier, which was called a terrorist attack on East Jerusalem by the Israeli army.
According to a report by the Palestinian Authority’s official Wafa News Agency, a Palestinian man was shot and killed by secret Israeli forces near Ramallah on Tuesday. Ramallah is the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority. Photos circulating online seem to show the man, identified as Ahmed Jamil Fahed (Ahmed Jamil Fahed), bleeding and lying on the street. The Israeli army referred the issue to the border police, who did not respond to a request for comment.
Brinken will also visit neighboring Egypt and Jordan, the latter of which made peace with Israel decades ago and acted as a mediator in the conflict. After the Biden government urged Israel to end its offensive operations, Egypt successfully promoted a ceasefire agreement in Gaza.
The Bush administration took an unrealistic initial response to this deadly violent action and was severely criticized, including the demands of Congressional Democratic allies to take a tougher line against Israel. Biden has repeatedly reiterated what he said is Israel’s right to defend itself from Gaza rockets.
The Obama administration defended its response, saying it had engaged in fierce but quiet high-level diplomacy in support of the ceasefire.