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Will the US challenge Israel's claims to the 'unification' of Jerusalem?

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Jerusalem is once again in the diplomatic crosshairs over US President Joe Biden's intention to reopen the American Consulate in Jerusalem, which was closed by the Trump Administration in 2019. According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, reopening the consulate is "an important way for our country to engage with and provide support to the Palestinian people." The new Israeli government, however, is intent on delaying, or preventing the consulate from functioning again, upon the pretexts of security concerns.

The Biden Administration's lethargy in dealing with Palestinian rights may well succumb to Israel's demands. Likud Knesset member Nir Barakat submitted a bill which would prevent the consulate's reopening. "We are talking about the unification of Jerusalem," Barakat declared. "Before we know it, there will be all sorts of European consulates in Jerusalem, and it will turn into the consulate........

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