Erekat: We submitted case of Khan Al-Ahmar to the ICC

Erekat: We submitted case of Khan Al-Ahmar to the ICC

"The government regrets President Trump's administration taking this decision", government spokesman Yousef al-Mahmoud said in a statement.

The Trump administration notified the Palestinians a year ago it will shutter their office in Washington unless they enter serious peace talks with Israel.

Trump's decision has left UNRWA trying to cover a $200 million shortfall from Gulf and European donors, and has further strained tensions between Washington and the Palestinian leadership.

The latest swing of the Trump administration's wrecking ball at Palestinians and at prospects for peace was its decision earlier this week to shutter the PLO mission in Washington, DC, an institution that has practically been serving as a Palestinian embassy in the USA capital for the past quarter-century.

This week, the Trump team announced it was closing the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington over what it described as Palestinian leaders' refusal to engage seriously in peace efforts.

The US decision also includes warning the International Criminal Court of grave consequences if it heeds Palestinian calls to try Israeli officials for war crimes. He also said that ICC judges and prosecutors could be prohibited from arriving in USA as a reprisal method.

Donald Trump and his chief advisors on Israeli-Palestinian relations - his former real estate lawyer, his former bankruptcy lawyer, and his son-in-law - have shown no genuine interest in advancing peace between Israel and the Palestinians.




"This is yet another affirmation of the Trump Administration's policy to collectively punish the Palestinian people, including by cutting financial support for humanitarian services including health and education", he said.

In Bush's second term, the USA attitude toward the ICC shifted slightly as the world looked on in horror at genocide being committed in Sudan's western Darfur region. For decades, even amid close U.S. "They are no longer partners in the peace process", Erekat said.

Senior diplomat Dr. Saeb Erekat demanded the global community to intervene in what he argued were USA "attacks against the worldwide system as a whole" to defend Israel. The two-state solution envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, with the boundaries negotiated in talks between the parties.

Israel's future as a liberal democracy and a Jewish state depends on a viable political resolution of its conflict with the Palestinians.

The Palestinian leadership has been openly hostile to any proposal from the administration, citing what it says is a pro-Israel bias.

Trump's administration has also cut more than $500 million in aid to Palestinians, including to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, since January.

He added that specialized Palestinian teams are now looking into Palestine's accession into 18 global organizations, and holding deliberations to approach the worldwide Court of Justice against the recent USA moves towards Jerusalem and the Palestinian refugees. The department said in a written statement the U.S.

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