Israel rejects US plan for east Jerusalem consulate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An Israeli border policeman stands guard on a bridge over the Jordan River during celebrations for the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah The Israeli Foreign Ministry has rejected…

Israel rejects US plan for east Jerusalem consulate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An Israeli border policeman stands guard on a bridge over the Jordan River during celebrations for the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has rejected an American plan to set up a consulate in east Jerusalem.

The US envoys to Israel and the Palestinian territories said last week they would seek permission from the Israeli government for a US consular office in the area.

But Israel has already made clear it would not accept the plans.

Diplomatic sources said a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials could take place soon to discuss the plans.

There are currently no consulates open to Palestinians in east Jerusalem, while there are three in the West Bank and six in the Gaza Strip.

The US has also proposed to open one in the northern city of Nazareth.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US will seek permission from Israel for a consulate in east Jerusalem

A US embassy is set to open in Jerusalem in May 2020.

US President Donald Trump’s controversial move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the embassy there has angered Palestinians.

The Palestinians fear that unilaterally recognising Israel’s claim on Jerusalem will undermine their future statehood.

They see East Jerusalem, home to most of the city’s sites holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians, as the capital of their future state.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem, including the eastern sector it captured in the 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally, as its “eternal and indivisible capital”.

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