The new coalition is coordinating protest strategies and held a vigil in front of a US facility on Agron Street in Jerusalem in protest of the plans, saying that the intention to open the consulate has led to outrage.
“Israeli society is a friend of the American people. This is not something that one does to friends,” said Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg.
“We call upon the American administration – if it is so urgent for you to open a special consulate for the Palestinians – open it in Ramallah, not in Jerusalem,” continued Peleg.
“The Zionist Organization of America stands alongside Israel in opposing the attempt to legitimize a regime that supports terrorism through the opening of a Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem,” said Dan Iluz, ZOA director of operations and former Jerusalem City Council member.
“This move will not only promote the partition of Jerusalem, it will also reward a regime that pays salaries to terrorists, dedicates plazas in their name, and denies the Holocaust. We call upon the Biden administration to stop exerting pressure on Israel, which distances peace and reinforces Palestinian recalcitrance,” added Iluz.
“We will not allow the Americans to determine the fate of our capital. Our exclusive sovereignty over Jerusalem will determine our sovereignty over the entire country,” said Israel Forever Chairperson Nili Nahori.
The facility on Agron Street in downtown Jerusalem, an area of the city that some countries, including Russia, recognize as Israel’s, was turned into a residence for the ambassador.