Trump administration to close PLO terror group offices in Washington
National security adviser John Bolton is expected to announce that the U.S. will shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) terror group office in Washington, D.C.
“The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Bolton is expected to say, according to a draft of his speech reviewed by the WSJ.
Bolton will reportedly threaten the International Criminal Court with sanctions if it carries out investigations into the U.S. and Israel.
The action against the PLO, which serves as the main entity representing the Palestinian Authority, comes as the Trump administration takes a harsher stance toward the PA amid ongoing Middle East peace negotiations.
“The United States was paying them tremendous amounts of money. And I’d say, you’ll get money, but we’re not paying you until we make a deal. If we don’t make a deal, we’re not paying. And that’s going to have a little impact,” President Trump said last week.
The Trump administration has cut funds to the United Nation’s Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA—an organization that cares for great-grandchildren of refugees—and pulled out of the world body’s human rights council due to anti-Israel bias.
The US government has also ended some $200 million in payments by USAID to the Palestinian Authority and Gaza.