An approximate 200 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have taken a strong stance against the Biden administration’s proposal to reopen the U.S. consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Sending a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden opposing the re-opening, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and co-sponsor Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), have stated that reopening the consulate to the Palestinians would “be inconsistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 that became law, and was reaffirmed in recent years, with overwhelming bipartisan support.”
The letter follows a resolution introduced last week by Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and co-signed by 35 Republican senators aimed to block Biden’s plan to reopen the consulate.
According to the letter, “The Biden administration’s shameful move would have the unconscionable effect of undermining the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and signal support for dividing Jerusalem. Just recently, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority publicly stated that his reason for wanting this consulate opened is for the purpose of dividing Jerusalem. The Biden administration must immediately stop pushing this misguided effort. Moreover, the administration’s insistence is wrongly creating a rift between the United States and Israel—one of our closest and most important allies—and moves the region further away from peace.”