U.S. relationship with worldwide court crashes under Trump
U.S. relationship with worldwide court crashes under Trump
US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem
13 September, 2018, 17:00
Palestinian authorities will not be deterred from seeking International Criminal Court action against Israel, an official said on Monday, despite the Trump administration's plan to shut their de facto embassy in Washington in response.
The Trump administration notified the Palestinians previous year it will shutter their office in Washington unless they enter serious peace talks with Israel.
The US threatened to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.
A week earlier, the administration slashed bilateral US aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. This measure followed decisions to defund humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem, and to end America's funding of UNRWA, the United Nations agency that provides health, education, and other vital services to Palestinian refugees.
The move also comes as the USA administration prepares to unveil a controversial Middle East peace plan known as the "Deal of the Century".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday welcomed the United States decision to shut the Palestinian mission in Washington.
Worldwide powers say its demolition could enable Israeli settlement expansion that would eventually cut the West Bank in two, further threatening the prospects of an independent Palestinian state.
"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? We will sanction their funds in the USA financial system, and we will prosecute them in the United States criminal system", Bolton said.
Despite the mistrust, 53 per cent of respondents still support the idea of an independent Palestinian state in areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, while only 24 per cent backed a solution of one state of Israelis and Palestinians together.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates also condemned the U.S. decision and said in a statement on Monday that it will not stop Palestinian efforts to take Israel to worldwide courts. -Israeli ties, Washington had tried to position itself as a neutral party in the vexing Mideast conflict, willing to call out both sides when they take steps seen as contrary to the pursuit of peace. Khan al-Ahmar is situated outside Jerusalem between two Israeli settlements.
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.
"We reiterate that the rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale, and we will not succumb to USA threats and bullying", Secretary General of the PLO Saeb Erekat said later in a statement.
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