Biden is considering visiting East Jerusalem, says an Israeli official

A presidential visit to the predominantly Palestinian area of ​​the city, which was captured by Israel in 1967, would likely be seen as a gesture of support for the Palestinians.

Biden could visit Al Makassed hospital, although plans have yet to be finalized, the Israeli official warned. CNN asked the White House for comment on the possibility of Biden’s visit to East Jerusalem.

The East Jerusalem hospital serves Palestinians, including those in the West Bank and Gaza.

Former US President Donald Trump cut planned $ 25 million in funding for the East Jerusalem hospital network, which included Al Makassed hospital.

People gather in front of Macassed Hospital on July 18, 2017.

The Biden administration has pledged to reopen a consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem after Trump closed the consulate when he moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has openly opposed the reopening of the consulate, saying: “There is no room for another American consulate in Jerusalem.”

For many Palestinians, a US consulate in Jerusalem would be seen as a precursor to what they hope will one day be at a US embassy in East Jerusalem, the capital of a potential future state of Palestine.

Biden is expected to visit Israel in late June, the Israeli official told CNN, after accepting an invitation to do so during an April phone call with Bennett.