Yerushalayim Consulate May Lose Its Autonomy

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The US Consulate in Yerushalayim which handles Palestinian affairs presently answers directly to the State Department in Washington and not to the embassy in Israel. Palestinians are upset at reports that President Trump may make the consulate subservient to the new US embassy in Yerushalayim to streamline collaboration between the two offices which are only a mile apart from each other.

Dan Shapiro, former US ambassador to Israel, said that Palestinians would perceive such a change as undermining their statehood aspirations and suggested that Washington consider the PA as being under Israeli jurisdiction.

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