White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, May 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
UPDATED 1:07 PM PT – Wednesday, May 26, 2021
At a briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki outlined Joe Biden’s plans to re-open the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem. Psaki claimed the closure of the consulate in West Jerusalem back in 2019 cut off Palestinian leaders, but failed to mention the several factors at play.
Critics argue the relationship with the Palestinian authority was altered due to their refusal to negotiate and failure to stop paying stipends to terrorists and their families.
This comes after President Trump moved the U.S. embassy back to Jerusalem in 2018 and cut taxpayer funded aid to the region so that U.S. taxpayers would no longer be contributing to the funding of terror.
Biden claims by reversing Trump’s policies, the U.S. will be able to revive dialogue with the Palestinians, but has yet to make any progress towards peace over the course of his time with the Obama administration nor his own.