The US took the reasonable step of closing its consulate in Jerusalem, and folding their activities into the new US Embassy. This has progressives upset because they say it “Demotes” Palestinians.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel.
For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit, under the command of the embassy.
The symbolic shift hands authority over U.S. diplomatic channels with the West Bank and Gaza to ambassador David Friedman, a longtime supporter and fundraiser for the West Bank settler movement and fierce critic of the Palestinian leadership.https://apnews.com/1773160971814a8ea22794d8dac6d472
That sent the left into a tailspin
The downgrade is just the latest in a string of divisive decisions by the Trump administration that have backed Israel and alienated the Palestinians, who say they have lost faith in the U.S. administration’s role as a neutral arbiter in peace process.https://apnews.com/1773160971814a8ea22794d8dac6d472
Yeah, wouldn’t want Hamas and Fatah to lose faith in America! Next thing you know, ISIS won’t approve of us either.
A ‘final nail in the coffin’ for US role in Mideast peace efforts?@ErakatSaeb
Nope. But hopefully a nail in the coffin of Hamas and Fatah.
Talk about sending the wrong message. If you’re too poor to pay, you have no play with Trump.@HiHRetroFonts
The entire “demotion” narrative is entirely the AP’s making. From the same article, which apparently the writer doesn’t believe.
“This decision was driven by our global efforts to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our diplomatic engagements and operations,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement. “It does not signal a change of U.S. policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the Gaza Strip.”
Why in the world would America need to staff and operate a diplomatic mission in a city where we have an embassy?
This is just another progressive swipe at Trump and the Jewish state of Israel.