From Zionist Organization of America <[email protected]>
Subject ZOA: Biden & Blinken Have No Right to Force Israel to Open Palestinian Arab Consulate in Jerusalem, Israel’s Capital
Date September 10, 2021 7:12 PM
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ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA NEWS RELEASE ZOA: Biden & Blinken Have No Right to Unilaterally Commit Opening Dangerous Palestinian Arab Consulate in Jerusalem Palestinian Arab Consulate Would Be a Diplomatic Insult to Israel; Undermine Jerusalem’s Unity and Israeli Sovereignty and Safety; Violate U.S. Law & Oslo Accords; and Reward Terrorist Dictatorship Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released the following statement: On August 23rd, ZOA sent out an action alert urging our activists to join us in opposing Israel’s enemy, the terrorist dictatorship of the Palestinian Authority, to re-open it’s consulate in Israel’s sovereign Capitol of Jerusalem, after initial reports emerged that the Biden administration has been pressuring the Israeli government for permission to open such a consulate. Unfortunately, new reports reveal that, in addition to the Biden administration’s previous pressure, President Biden directly pressured Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to permit the U.S. to re-open a “Palestinian Arab consulate” in Jerusalem, several times during the Biden-Bennett meeting at the White House on August 27th. During the White House meeting, Biden reportedly “stressed that he made a campaign promise to reopen it and that Secretary of State Antony Blinken had already gone on the record with a pledge to follow through.” (See “Biden Told Bennett He Will Not Abandon Palestinian Consulate,” Israel Nat’l News, Sept. 9, 2021.) However, President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken have no right to make unilateral commitments or promises to re-open such a consulate on Israel’s sovereign soil and Capitol City of Jerusalem. U.S. Law states that Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital and the U.S. Embassy is located there. The permission of the host country must always be obtained prior to opening a diplomatic facility. Making unilateral “commitments” to re-open such a consulate is similar to a foreign country’s president announcing to the U.S. that the foreign country has made a “commitment” to open a Taliban or North Korean consulate in Washington DC. ZOA has previously pointed out the numerous pitfalls, dangers, and potential legal violations involved in opening a Palestinian Arab consulate in Jerusalem. (See Action Alert: ZOA Opposes Re-Opening a U.S. “Palestinian Arab” Consulate in Jerusalem,” Aug. 23, 2021.) For instance: A Palestinian Arab consulate in Jerusalem would be an attack on, and would continually work to undermine, Israeli sovereignty and Jerusalem’s unity. U.S. law, including the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, affirms Jerusalem’s unity. (Incidentally, note that the planned location is in the heart of western Jerusalem.) READ MORE In Case You Missed It... You can find information on more of President Biden's appointments HERE. ‌ ‌ ‌ About Us News Videos ZOA Report Events Founded in 1897, ZOA played a key role in the Jewish State's re-establishment. Today, ZOA is the leading major American Jewish organization courageously defending Israel and the Jewish people; fighting against all forms of antisemitism, including anti-Jewish boycotts; and promoting the Jewish people's lawful right to live in and settle historic Jewish lands. ZOA exposes that a Palestinian state would endanger Israel's existence; presents the facts about the Arab/Islamic war against Israel; and combats the anti-Israel lie that Israel is an "occupier" of her own land. ZOA spearheaded long battles to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and apply civil rights protections to Jewish students. ZOA provides free legal assistance and programs to pro-Israel students at numerous college campuses. ZOA's bold, unapologetic voice has a significant impact on public discourse and policy. DONATE NOW Copyright © Zionist Organization of America 2021, All rights reserved. Zionist Organization of America | 633 Third Ave, 31 B, New York, NY 10017 Unsubscribe [email protected] Update Profile | Constant Contact Data Notice Sent by [email protected]
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