You must go immediately to the website of the US Consulate in Jerusalem. Let me know whether you can find ANYTHING about Israel. As of 11:00 p.m. EST, every single entry/article/announcement is about the "Palestinians" or the "West Bank." NOTHING about Israel. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. In addition, there is an option to link to an Arabic version of the site but not one for Hebrew.
Does this bother you? If so, tell Secretary of State Clinton in an email, through her site here, and also tell everyone you know. (hat tip Lori Marcus, Z Street)
Devastating. Read the "about section" here, it's as if Israel never existed. (hat tip Dave)
UPDATE: A response Atlas reader received from Gil Elan, Executive Director, Southwest Jewish Congress
Actually…since 1967 the US Consulate in Jerusalem has been, with full agreement between the Israeli and US governments, the de-facto “embassy” to the Palestinians in the West bank and Gaza. As far as I know the Consul General in Jerusalem and his staff have no direct connection to the US embassy in Tel-Aviv, are not subordinate to the US ambassador to Israel and report directly to Washington. In fact – there are frequent stories of opposing reports or analysis coming to DC from Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. Israelis do not normally (except in emergencies) receive services at the consulate in Jerusalem. There is a separate consulate office in Tel-Aviv. American citizens can get service in either.
So for all intents and purposes, the US Consulate General in West Jerusalem is officially a separate State Dept delegation representing US interests in another Arab entity (though I think that the Marines who guard both buildings rotate between them). And no – as far as I know there is no other place in the world were this kind of “arrangement” exists.
Logical…no. But this is the Middle East – don’t look for logic!
In my opinion your question, Gail, should not be about the Consulate General, but about why the US has not yet moved its embassy from Tel-Aviv to the Capital of Israel – Jerusalem...despite Congress’s overwhelming and ongoing support for it.
Southwest Jewish Congress