Reopening the Jerusalem US Consulate Would Be Illegal


Once Trump established a US embassy in Jerusalem, there was no longer any need for a separate US consulate. The embassy is able to provide for all consular services in the Jewish State. As a result, the Jerusalem Consulate, based in an Arab neighborhood in the eastern part of Jerusalem, closed its doors. Now, President Biden seems bent on reopening the consulate, even though there is no need for it to be reopened.

Israel, moreover, does not want the consulate to be reopened. That’s good enough reason for the Biden Administration to cease and desist with its delusional plan. The only purpose of reopening the consulate would be to give the Arabs hope that Jerusalem will someday be theirs.

Should Biden follow through with his misguided plan to reopen the consulate, he will be breaking the law. Guy Millière of the Gatestone Institute writes:

The 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations states that “a consular post may be established in the territory of the receiving State only with that State’s consent”. In other words, reopening the consulate may be done only with the consent of the Israeli government.