Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Consulate General In Jerusalem Admits: We're Only Here For The Arabs (Updated)

In Website Of The US Consulate Of Jerusalem--Jews And Israelis Need Not Visit, I expanded on Cliff May's post about how the Consulate there was geared more towards the interests of the Arabs than the Israelis.

I wrote a letter to the consulate about this, and received the following reply:

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your feedback on the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem's Website. Just to clarify, the Consulate General in Jerusalem is the principal representation to the Palestinian Authority. We also provide services to American citizens in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. The U.S. embassy to Israel is in Tel Aviv and is focused on the bilateral relationship with Israel. Their website is http://usembassy-israel.org.il/. The American Center in Jerusalem also provides information about the United States to the Israeli public. Their website is http://usembassy-israel.org.il/ac/ .

U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem

http://Jerusalem.usconsulate.gov

Apparently the message sent by having a consulate in the capital of Israel that does not address the interests of that country does not phase them. If they seriously consider themselves "the principal representation to the Palestinian Authority," why would they not set up shop in the West Bank? It seems they don't care about the implication that the West Bank is too unstable to risk US personnel there. But if they are wary of getting too close to the West Bank, why foist the area on Israel as a second Palestinian state?

UPDATED: Bill Narvey left the following comment to the copy of my post on Soccer Dad:

I wrote to the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem on July 31st, 2009 and
got the very same reply as above posted.

I then wrote to some e mail buddies for their information and added the
following comments.

I wonder what this government organization is independent of.

Secondly, why is this government agency in Jerusalem catering to
Palestinians who lay claim to Jerusalem, yet the US Embassy for Israel
is in Tel Aviv?

The U.S. does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and claims it
does not want to prejudge the outcome of peace negotiations.

One might conclude that this U.S. agency is an arm of government that
does recognize Palestinian claims to Jerusalem.

It could have operated just as well in Hebron, Ramallah, Jenin, etc. or
in Tel Aviv, if it really was not prejudging the outcome of
negotiations.

What do you make of it?

The State Department is focused only on their own agenda, and consistency--let alone fairness--is not part of it.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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