One hundred and fifty Israeli families who have lost loved ones to Palestinian terrorism have appealed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken not to proceed with its plan of the reopening of the U.S. consulate in Yerushalayim for Palestinians.
The bereaved families told Blinken if the US would reopen its consulate in Yerushalayim for Palestinians terrorism might be reignited in the city.
“Who like the residents of Jerusalem have experienced Palestinian terrorism first hand,” the families wrote in a letter to Blinken.
“There is no reason to re-create it. This is a complete Trojan horse. The United States is Israel’s friend and ally. Don’t hurt us. Instead of encouraging the world [to] divide Jerusalem and turn it into a city plagued by terrorism, you must send a clear message to the world at large: Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people,” the families added.
Sources said the majority of the signatories are members of the Choosing Life Forum, an organization that represents bereaved families and works to promote increased Israeli deterrence against terrorism.
Moreover, the families said if the U.S. wants to set up a consulate or any other permanent diplomatic mission for the Palestinians they should do it in Ramallah and not Yerushalayim.