Trump to close PLO office in Washington

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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 Palestinian leadership cut off contact with the Trump administration after the United States president recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

Bolton also said the ICC had informed the us that it will soon open a "formal investigation" into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by USA troops in Afghanistan.

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 latest U.S. procedures including halting financial aid to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA, as well as cutting aid offered to the Palestinian all comes as a humiliation to the Palestinian will, he added.

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

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

Husam Zomlot said that the move would not deter Palestinians from seeking statehood with east Jerusalem as their capital.

"The United States made the right decision to close the PLO offices", Netanyahu said.

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"We don't want confrontation with the USA, by the way, but how can anyone with all these American decisions, Trump's decisions, believe that these people can be honest brokers, facilitators in any peace process?"

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in November that the Palestinians crossed that line two months prior.

He accused US officials of giving the Israeli government to press ahead with the demolition of Al-Kahn Al-Ahmar community in order to expand settlement projects east of Jerusalem. "They are no longer partners in the peace process", Erekat said.

The Palestinian government said the ruling gave "occupation forces the authority to commit an global crime by forcibly displacing the 180 Palestinian citizens of Khan al-Ahmar".

"The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to take steps to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel", according to a draft of Bolton's remarks reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Trump's administration has also cut more than $500 million in aid to Palestinians, including to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, since January.

Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.

In May, a National Security Council spokesperson said the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was considering closing the PLO mission after the P.A. called on the ICC to investigate Israeli building in Judea and Samaria, as well as riots on the Gaza border.

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