Sources said some Democratic members of the Congress are expected to ask President Joe Biden not to open the Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem.
The Democratic congressmen reportedly wanted to remain anonymous to improve further their chances of success.
The congressmen most of whom senior members made the decision after a recent meeting with Binyamin Regional Council Head Yisrael Gantz and adviser for U.S.-Israel ties Ruth Lieberman.
During the meeting, the two Israeli officials told the congressmen that the opening of the consulate would send a message of support for the future division of Jerusalem and explained such a move was contrary to accepted diplomatic policy and in violation of Israeli and U.S. law.
The congressmen will reportedly ask Biden to halt his consulate plans since they have more pressing issues at hand such as Biden’s massive infrastructure spending plan to boost the US economy.
Lieberman is happy that the consulate issue is not partisan since both Democrats and Republicans are opposing it.
“We succeeded in spurring senior members of Congress from the Democratic Party who will not hesitate to express their opposition to the move. They believe the opening of the consulate is a dangerous step for Yerushalayim,” Lieberman said.
Aside from the Democrats, the two Israeli officials also met with 60 Republican members of Congress wherein they present some pieces of evidence of “the Palestinian takeover of the territory” as well as the need to develop the area for the benefit of all residents.