U.S. to Reopen Consulate in Jerusalem

Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, made it clear that Israel opposes the Biden administration’s plan to reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem. He released a statement saying “Jerusalem is the sovereign capital of Israel and Israel alone, and therefore we don’t think it’s a good idea. 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.” Former President Trump closed the consulate in 2019 when he moved the embassy to Jerusalem, which was an historic – and controversial – move. The consulate historically serves the Palestinian population, which has been serviced through the embassy since the consulate closed in 2019. Please pray that the Biden administration will consider the potential consequences of reopening the consulate. Please also pray that Israeli officials will be wise in their approach to the U.S.’s decision and work to repair relations that were strained under former PM Netanyahu’s tenure.

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