Palestinians slam Trump's decision to shut PLO consulate

Palestinians slam Trump's decision to shut PLO consulate

It also said all of these were preceded by the previous decision of the U.S. government to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and subsequently moved its Embassy to Jerusalem, which many had regarded as unacceptable. The announcement was expected on Monday. Last week, Trump ordered that $25 million earmarked for the care of Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals be directed elsewhere as part of a review of aid.

The Trump administration dramatically ratchetted up its rhetoric by threatening sanctions if the court pursues investigations against the U.S., Israel or other allies.

"The Palestinians don't want to negotiate with us, and at the same time incite violence towards Israel", he added.

"We reiterate that the rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale, that we will not succumb to USA threats and bullying", Erekat said in a statement. Americans who care about Israel must join us in pushing the administration and Congress to reverse Trump's disastrous policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The closure comes as Trump seeks to force the Palestinian leadership, which has cut off contact with the White House, to negotiate with his team pursuing a plan for Middle East peace - something the United States president has termed the "ultimate deal".

On the one hand, the State Department announced Monday that the administration is closing the PLO office in Washington because the Palestinians aren't directly negotiating any peace agreement with Israel.

National Security Adviser John Bolton was expected to address Monday's decision in a speech later in the day focused on USA policy toward the ICC.

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"Trump has become an enemy of the Palestinian people and an enemy of peace", said the Palestinians.

This will clear the way for the Trump administration to formally abandon America's traditional role as an honest broker of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Turkey expressed alarm on Tuesday over the United States shuttering the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) mission in Washington, saying it showed America could no longer be an impartial player in the peace process.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas halted ties with the Trump administration in December after the US recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"Weaponizing humanitarian and developmental aid as political blackmail does not work", Ambassador Husam Zomlot said. Just last month, it canceled more than $200 million in aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza as well as the remainder of its planned assistance for the United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees around the Middle East.

Trump also recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moved the U.S. Embassy there, from Tel Aviv.

"Mogherini in reiterating our call to the Israeli government not to go ahead with its plan to demolish the village - including its school - and displace its residents", the countries said in a joint statement. The Trump administration's true objective appears to be portraying the Palestinians as rejectionists for their refusal to submit to American bullying.

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