US needs Israel nod to reopen Jerusalem consulate: official
Brian McKeon, US Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, said the approval of the "host country" was a condition for opening diplomatic headquarters, during a hearing before the US Senate.
US President Joe Biden has vowed to improve Washington's ties with the Palestinians after they were shaken under his predecessor Donald Trump.
Israel has outright refused to allow the US to reopen its de-facto Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem, which was shuttered when Trump moved his country’s embassy there from Tel Aviv in 2018.
The state - which claims the whole of Jerusalem to be its capital - fears that other countries might be encouraged to do the same.
Reports last week said the US was looking to form a joint team with Israel to resolve the consulate issue to avoid turning it into a wider diplomatic dispute.