Biden promised to reopen the Jerusalem consulate Trump closed. But can he?
With long strands of bougainvillea draped from its balconies, the mansion on Jerusalem’s Agron Road might seem an unlikely stage for a test of wills between the Biden administration and Israel’s coalition government.
Until 2018, the stone building housed the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and America’s diplomatic mission to the Palestinians. But the Trump administration closed it down and merged it into the new U.S. Embassy in the city, Israel's capital.
It sent a clear message: Relations with the Palestinians had been reduced to a portfolio within the American-Israeli relationship.
President Joe Biden took...