Opinion: Closing the Palestine Liberation Organization office in DC is the right decision
The Trump Administration is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) offices in Washington D.C. The PLO runs the Palestinian National Authority.
According to the State Department, the decision to close the PLOs offices is based on current U.S. law, which goes back to 1987, and states, that the PLO mission must be closed if the PLO takes action against Israel at the U.N. or at the International Criminal Court and if the peace process is not fully engaged in by the Palestinians.
The Trump Administration is working on a peace plan, the details of which have yet to be released but are being vetted with our allies in the Middle East. The Palestinians, however, have repeatedly declined to participate in any of the recent peace talks or even to work on solving the severe humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip.
Instead, the PLO has decided to call on the International Criminal Court to open a bogus investigation into actions by Israel and to try and prosecute our ally.
Along with the announcement of the closing of the PLO mission, National Security Advisor John Bolton also said that America will impose sanctions on the ICC if it moves against the U.S. and our allies, such as Israel.
Here’s the Bottom Line: closing the Palestine Liberation Organization office in D.C. is a good decision. The PLO has not come to the table in good faith when negotiating with the United States and Israel.
Hopefully, these strong actions by President Trump will bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations