The State Department has not confirmed reports that the consul general's residence in Jerusalem will eventually become the home for the U.S. ambassador as part of the embassy's move to the disputed city, which occurred last May.
The US Consulate General in Jerusalem is the top mission for Palestinians, who with broad global backing seek East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they want to establish in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The move was first announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in October, sparking outrage among Palestinians that it constituted a de facto recognition by the US of Israeli sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The decision had been announced in October. It infuriated the Palestinians who see closing the office that served them and moving it to the embassy as another sign of the Trump administration's pro-Israel bias.
The move will take effect Monday, ending the consulate's 175-year history and handing responsibilities for the U.S.'s relations with the Palestinians to Washington's Israel Ambassador David Friedman.
Issa said the real goal behind the U.S. decision was to obliterate the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
It reasserted its decision "to stop all political contacts with the United States administration and its representatives, warning anyone against going around this decision, whether they were individuals or institutions which the U.S. or Israel seek through them to break the Palestinian position by weakening the role of the PLO that rejects the "deal of the century".More news: Second person in history reportedly cured of HIV
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Saeb Erekat, Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary-general, called the closure "the last nail in the coffin of the United States administration's role in peacemaking". "It is an act of political assault on Palestinian rights and identity and a negation of the consulate's historic status and function, dating back almost two hundred years". Nabil Shaath, adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said it was a "very bad decision" that violated past agreements and continued US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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"The U.S. administration is subsuming Palestine under Israel and aligning itself with the racist Israeli right, which negates Palestinian identity, history, narrative, and national rights", he said.
The announcement from the State Department came early on Monday in Jerusalem, the merger effective that day.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest disputes between Israel and the Palestinians.