While the world was rightly focused on the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, an entirely different consulate—that of the United States in Jerusalem—all but disappeared. And the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace took a major blow in the process.
Here’s what happened: On Oct. 18, U.S. President Donald Trump treated the world to the latest twist in what he says is his quest for the “ultimate deal.” His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, announced that the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, which opened in 1844 and has served as the United States’ principal venue for communication with the Palestinian people and Palestinian leadership, would be merged into a subunit of the U.S. Embassy in Israel—which Trump moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.
Read the full article in Foreign Policy.
More from CNAS
The case for an immediate, US-led, stabilization mission in Gaza
A coalition-based military force could secure and hold territory cleared of Hamas by the IDF....
By Jonathan Lord
Don’t Lose Focus on U.S. Hostages in Gaza
A rare point of agreement across administrations and political parties is the sacred duty to return Americans from unlawful captivity...
By Daniel Silverberg
Russia Is the Loser in the Israel-Hamas War
Whereas Russia was central to the discussions around the Syrian civil war a decade ago, the future trajectory of the Middle East is likely to emerge from the Gaza crisis witho...
By Peter Schroeder
Blinken swoops into Iraq to try and stifle a broader Mideast conflict
In an unannounced trip, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken went to Iraq to meet with Iraq's Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. His aim was to put a stop to drone and ro...
By Jonathan Lord