A pro-Israel activist is praising the Trump administration for closing a consulate that served as outreach to Palestinians.
The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, which for decades has functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians.
Any future outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit under the command of the U.S. embassy, which is under the current leadership of Ambassador David Friedman, a fierce supporter of Israel and critic of Palestinian leadership.
The Palestinians, not surprisingly, are not happy with the move. One official called it the "final nail in the coffin" to U.S. involvement in peacemaking negotiations, the Times of Israel reported.
The decision was announced by the U.S. last fall, the Times story stated.
“Having a consulate some place in Israel that reaches out to a non-existent Palestinian state is a fantasy. It's absurd,” says Gary Bauer of American Values.
The move is also the latest by the Trump administration to openly embrace Israel over the Palestinians and their brazenly anti-Semitic leaders.
Last fall, the United States shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C.
The administration has also slashed hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, including assistance to hospitals and peace-building programs. It has also cut funding to the U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinians classified as refugees.
Bauer says the decision to fold the consulate into the U.S. Embassy is a “reflection of the reality of the situation instead of this make-believe world that we've been following for too many years before President Trump."
Bauer, a veteran of the Reagan White House, currently sits on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.