Trump administration plans to shutter Palestinian office

Trump administration to threaten ICC judges with sanctions, prosecution

Trump administration to threaten ICC judges with sanctions, prosecution

The United States has said that it would refuse to cooperate "in any way" with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague if it carries our a prospective investigation into allegations of war crimes by USA military and intelligence personnel in Afghanistan, the website GlobalSecurity.org reported on Monday.

Palestinian officials on Monday vowed not to bend to what they called the Trump administrations "bullying tactics" after being informed that their office in Washington would be shut down.

Bolton is also expected to threaten to impose severe sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it attempts to investigate or consider any war crime charges against Israel raised by the Palestinians.

In a series of blows to the Palestinians, the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moved its embassy there, cut funding to the United Nations agency that deals with Palestinian refugees, and then last week said it would withdraw $25 million in support from hospitals in East Jerusalem.

The move comes a day after the US closed the Palestinian de facto embassy in Washington because of its leaders' refusal to enter peace talks with Israel.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has already rejected the plan, saying the U.S.is not an honest broker.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas cut off diplomatic talks with the U.S. administration after President Donald Trump recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

Head of the PLO mission in Washington, Husam Zomlot, said the closure was "just going ahead and implementing the grocery list that was submitted to them by Netanyahu".

By all indications, the Trump plan does not endorse a two-state solution and predetermines key negotiating issues such as the future of Jerusalem and the future of Palestinian refugees by (in the words of Trump and his team) taking them "off the table".

"The Palestinian Authority does not recognize Israel's right to exist and has no interest in peace".

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PA officials reportedly said they would sever the last vestiges of ties with the US over the move. "They are no longer partners in the peace process", Erekat said.

But the PLO said it was being blackmailed by a White House blatantly biased in favour of Israel.

Khan al-Ahmar is in a key location near Jerusalem.

"The complaint stressed the importance of preventing Israel from demolishing and forcibly displacing the residents of Khan al-Ahmar."
The U.S. embassy was later moved there from Tel Aviv.

A provision in a USA law says the PLO mission must close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) called the measure a "New Year's gift" to Israel and the Jewish people.

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