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Report: Israeli FM Misled Blinken on US Consulate in Jerusalem

Lack of coordination between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on the issue of reopening the US Consulate in East Jerusalem was the cause of tension between Tel Aviv and Washington, according to Israeli media on Sunday, Israeli media reported.

Israel Hayom daily said Lapid hinted to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his first call with him that Israel would green light the reopening of the consulate after passing the state budget.

“Tensions between Israel and the US over Washington’s plans to reopen a key diplomatic office to the Palestinians in Jerusalem stem from a lack of coordination between Bennett and Lapid,” the newspaper said, citing an informed Israeli official.

“In his conversations with Blinken, Lapid noted the government’s sensitive political make-up and advised Washington to delay the move until after the Knesset passes a budget,” the source said.

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