The latest in a string of moves against the Palestinians, the Trump Administration announced Monday that they are ordering the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) closed. Early reports suggested this was intended to punish them for not joining Trump’s Middle East peace plan.
That explanation didn’t last long, however, as the State Department and John Bolton both later suggested that they were mad at the Palestinians for trying to refer Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over war crimes.
Palestinian officials seem to favor the later excuse, and have complained publicly that the office closure is the US trying to protect Israeli crimes. Negotiator Saeb Erekat says the Palestinians will continue to pursue legal actions against Israel.
Just over two weeks ago, President Trump promised the Palestinians would “get something very good” in return for Israel getting Jerusalem. Since then, the US has announced multiple aid cuts, defunded the UNRWA, has tried to cut Palestinians’ refugee status, and has now expelled the PLO from Washington. All of this appears to just be further alienating the Palestinians at a time when the administration is supposedly trying to get them to the negotiating table.
3 thoughts on “US Orders Closure of Palestine Liberation Organization Office”
Can’t be anything close to friendly to the evil terrorist Palestinians now, can we.? Israel will have a hissy fit! Unbelievably shameful that two nations with the economic and political power of the USA and Israel can’t see fit to take care of the needs or at least allow the Palestinians to take care of their own needs without any ban of necessary life-sustaining goods! SHAMEFUL!!! Whatever happened to the “more even playing field” between Israel and the Palestinians Herr Trump? I voted for an unmitigated liar!
I am amazed at how good Israel has been to the Palestinians. Israel delivers over 800 truckloads of food & supplies to Gaza every day even though Gazans have fired thousands of rockets & mortars at innocent Israelis.
I am amazed at your ignorance.
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