UPDATED 11:48 AM PT — Wed. Sept. 12, 2018
Israel is backing the U.S. decision to close the Palestinian Liberation Office as the U.S. reiterates its support for the Jewish state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently touted President Trump for his “correct” decision, saying the Palestinians have not been compliant with Israel by refusing to engage in bilateral discussions and instigating attacks on Israelis.
“Israel very much appreciates the Trump administration decision and supports American actions that are designed to make it clear to the Palestinians that the refusal to enter into negotiations with Israel and the unbridled attacks against Israel will not only not advance peace, but will certainly not make things better for the Palestinians,” Netanyahu stated.
His remarks come in response to a Palestinian push for the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel.
“The decision of the President of the United States to shut down the PLO offices in Washington is excellent and is an addition to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the decision to stop funding UNRWA – the organization externalizing the imaginary right of return of refugees – all of these steps are at the root of the conflict,” stated Yisrael Katz, Israeli Transportation Minister.
Netanyahu’s remarks come just days after national security adviser John Bolton weighed-in on the closure of PLO, suggesting the act does not and will not deter peace negotiations moving forward.
This comes after the State Department announced the decision earlier this week, saying the office will remain closed until the Palestinians are willing to come to the negotiating table.