The US will block a lawsuit from the imaginary state of Palestine over Jerusalem embassy
The Trump administration on Wednesday said it had stymied a legal challenge to its decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem – the eternal capital of Israel.
After the Trump administration moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in May, the Palestinian Authority filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a United Nations tribunal, asking its judges “to order the United States of America to withdraw the diplomatic mission from the Holy City of Jerusalem.”
To block the suit, National Security Adviser John Bolton announced Wednesday the U.S. would withdraw from the “optional protocol” that gives the ICJ jurisdiction to hear disputes under the 1961 Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations, saying it was a political stunt by “the so-called state of Palestine.”
“We will commence a review of all international agreements that may still expose the United States to purported binding jurisdiction dispute resolution in the International Court of Justice,” Bolton told reporters during a White House briefing. “The United States will not sit idly by as baseless politicized claims are brought against us.”
Bolton defended using the phrase “so-called” to refer to the Palestinian Authority. He said his description was accurate.
“It is not a state now,” Bolton said. “It does not meet the customary international law test of statehood. It doesn’t control defined boundaries.”
He noted that the U.S., during both Democratic and Republican administrations, has refused to officially recognize Palestinian Authority-held territory as its own nation.