Confirmed: US Will Close PLO "Embassy"

13 September, 2018, 17:04 | Author: Jason Torres
  • National Security Advisor John Bolton visits Kyiv Ukraine on Aug. 24 2018

The US government had also attributed its decision to close the PLO Office over the efforts by Palestine to prompt an investigation against Israel by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The United States has accused Palestinian leaders of rejecting outright a still unseen U.S. peace plan, while in turn the Trump administration is viewed by the Palestinians as being biased in favour of Israel.

The United States has also been angered by a Palestinian bid to have Israel investigated for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

A week earlier, the administration slashed bilateral USA aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

In recent weeks, the United States cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians and cancelled its support for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, or UNRWA.

The move also comes as the US administration prepares to unveil a controversial Middle East peace plan known as the "Deal of the Century".

The Palestinian government, in a statement last week, said the razing of Khan al-Ahmar was part of an Israeli plan to create an arc of Jewish settlements that would effectively cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank, areas captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

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The US recognition of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel last December and moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem last May reflected their total bias to the Israeli agenda, he affirmed.

Palestinian officials say the reason given for the closure was their stepped-up campaign at the ICC.

"The United States supports a direct and robust peace process, and we will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel's right to self-defense", he said in a speech to The Federalist Society, a conservative, Washington-based think tank.

The administration is trying to draw a connection between the two and pressure Palestinians to talk directly with Israel. He also added that they would accredit their funds in USA financial system and will indict them in the U.S. criminal system. The PLO said it has held nine meetings and submitted around 10 letters and 11 communications to the ICC concerning the Israeli violations of human rights in Palestinian territories.

The move comes after several financial measures the Trump administration has taken toward the Palestinians. -Israeli ties, Washington had tried to position itself as a neutral party in the vexing Mideast conflict, willing to call out both sides when they take steps seen as contrary to the pursuit of peace.

"The complaint stressed the importance of preventing Israel from demolishing and forcibly displacing the residents of Khan al-Ahmar."

The court has been hobbled by the refusal of the U.S., Russia, China and other major nations to join.

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