The U.S. diplomatic presence in Jerusalem, first established in 1844, was designated a Consulate General in 1928. It now represents the United States in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip as an independent mission, with the Consul General serving as chief of mission. We also provide services to American citizens in this district. Throughout its history, staff of the Consulate General has included Muslims, Jews, and Christians, demonstrating that people of different faiths and nationalities can work together in peace in this region.
Our overarching strategic objective remains the achievement of a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Consulate General has served as the de facto representative of the United States government to the Palestinian Authority. In tandem with our efforts to shepherd a conflict-ending Israeli-Palestinian settlement, we help the Palestinian Authority build sustainable institutions. Our tools include a significant foreign assistance program, utilizing USAID, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the United States Security Coordinator, public outreach, the Middle East Partnership Initiative, and of course our diplomatic engagement. A major U.S. priority is to help move the Palestinian economy to a model of healthy and sustainable private sector-led investment, growth and job creation. In Gaza, the United States provides development and humanitarian assistance. This assistance includes reconstruction projects to help stabilize local economic conditions and projects to help revitalize the private sector and support recovery, as well as carefully managed contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Through public diplomacy, we harness the power of U.S. higher education and promote U.S. values and interests, including through collaborative academic and professional exchanges, English language learning, and promoting women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship development, as well as initiatives for young Palestinians to tap into career-enhancing opportunities involving science, technology and innovation.