Palestinians say informed U.S. shutting PLO delegation office

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem

Palestinian leaders say their political situation has deteriorated since Trump took office in 2017 as Washington has pursued policies that favor the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is a close US ally.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the USA administration's "clear stance in the matter".

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

The other 90 percent interviewed by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research agreed with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the Trump administration is hopelessly biased in Israel's favor.

Erdogan led the worldwide outcry when US President Donald Trump recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, twice holding summits of Muslim leaders in Istanbul.

"With the closing of the PLO office in Washington, the American administration is not changing the rules of the game, but simply restoring them after years of neglect", Oren said.

Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Saeb Erekat stressed that Israel should be held accountable for its plan to demolish the village.

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The Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) in a statement here yesterday said Malaysia firmly believes that the positions taken by the United States government were counterproductive towards finding a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

She added, "The United States continues to believe that direct negotiations between the two parties are the only way forward".

The move comes after several financial measures the Trump administration has taken toward the Palestinians.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said the PLO mission was only good at spreading hatred and incitement and made no effort to advance peace. They are not only anti-Palestinian, but also anti-Israel and anti-peace.

The dossier "included a focus on the war crimes facing Khan al-Ahmar, specifically the crimes of forcible displacement, ethnic cleansing and the destruction of civilian property", Erekat said.

Previously, the Moroccan official participated in a special session of Arab Foreign ministers to discuss the crisis of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) after the United States suspended its contributions.

Israel says Khan al-Ahmar was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents 12 kilometers (7 miles) away.

The decision to close the PLO office "is part of the open war waged by the USA administration and its Zionist team against our Palestinian people, their cause and just and legitimate rights", it said.

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