Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Israel hails U.S. decision to shut Palestinian mission

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

Wisma Putra said Malaysia further regarded the actions of the United States government as a humiliation to the Palestinians and their struggle for the right to self-determination.

The PLO mission in Washington served as the de facto Palestinian embassy in the United States. "We are not retreating from our efforts to achieve a lasting and comprehensive peace".

"Israel supports the American actions that are meant to clarify to the Palestinians that their refusal to negotiate and attempts to attack Israel in worldwide forums will not promote peace", he said in a statement at the end of Jewish New Year holiday.

The administration also cited the refusal of Palestinian leaders to enter into peace talks with Israel as the reason for closing the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington, although the US has yet to present its plan to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

In addition, the United States may negotiate more binding, bilateral agreements to prohibit nations from surrendering Americans to the Hague court, says the text.The court's aim is to bring to justice the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The accusation of breaking the USA law came after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in a September United Nations General Assembly speech that the Palestinians had "called on the International Criminal Court to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people".

Wisma Putra in the statement said such moves by the United States government weakened the multilateral system; ignored the reality on the ground; supported and helped to perpetuate Israel's brutal policies which contravened global law; and violated the rights of the Palestinian people.

"The US made the correct decision regarding the PLO mission in Washington", Netanyahu said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki described on Tuesday President Donald Trump's decision to halt US funding for the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA as an attack on global law. "Israel supports the American actions that are meant to make it clear to the Palestinians that the refusal to negotiate and the attempts to attack Israel in worldwide forums will not advance peace".

Activist Abdullah Abu Rahmeh said that the move is a message to Israel that "it's our right to build on our land".

Palestinian officials say the reason given for the closure was their stepped-up campaign at the ICC.

The U.S. does not now recognize the Palestinian territories as an independent state, though the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in 2012 to recognize Palestine as a "non-member observer state". "It is a continuation of U.S. policy of dictates and blackmail against our people in order to force them to surrender".

Zomlot was called home by Abbas in the spring as part of the crisis.

Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi said it was "an act of revenge against the Palestinian people" by Trump. The accusations against USA personnel include torture and illegal imprisonment.

"Ties between the PA and Trump have deteriorated to so unprecedented a nadir" that the PA is considering cutting all remaining contacts, PA officials were quoted by Israel's Channel 10 as saying.

"This is yet another affirmation of the Trump administration's policy to collectively punish the Palestinian people", Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said.

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