Mar. 6, 2017
- Jerusalem Already Has Plenty of Embassies – for the Palestinians – Eylon Aslan-Levy
Lost in the controversy over moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is the fact that the U.S. is one of nine countries that already has a de facto embassy in Jerusalem – to the Palestinians. The U.S. consulate-general in Jerusalem, just around the corner from the Prime Minister’s residence – handles diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority. While the consulates of the UK, Turkey, Belgium, Spain and Sweden are in eastern Jerusalem, the consulates of the U.S., France, Italy, and Greece are in western Jerusalem.
None of these countries recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and say they cannot host embassies there lest it give the impression that they recognize Israel’s sovereignty in the city. At the same time, the Palestinians enjoy the privilege of diplomatic missions in the very same city.
Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would be recognition that since the Palestinians already enjoy diplomatic missions in Jerusalem, the denial of the same to the country that controls that city is an act of inconsistency. Moving the U.S. embassy would right a historic wrong. (The Tower)