Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday hit the plan of the Joe Biden administration to reopen its consulate in Jerusalem to service Palestinians.
Lapid said such a move is a “bad idea,” since the consulate could fracture the fragile government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
“Jerusalem is the sovereign capital of Israel and Israel alone, and therefore we don’t think it’s a good idea,” Lapid said at a news conference.
“We have an interesting and yet delicate structure of our government and we think this might destabilize this government and I don’t think the American administration wants this to happen,” Lapid added.
Lapid explained while the plan has good intentions it is not feasible in the current situation.
“We know that the (Biden) administration has a different way of looking at this, but since it is happening in Israel, we are sure they are listening to us very carefully. I am a devoted believer in the two-state solution … but we’ll have to admit the fact this is not feasible in the current situation,” he said.