Trump admin closing Palestinian office in Washington

Palestinians reject Trump bid to force talks through aid cut

But the Trump administration is trotting out discussions about the two on the same day - Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year - in a move certain to inflame the White House's already bitter relations with Palestinians.

"We have been notified by a U.S. official of their decision to close the Palestinian Mission to the US". The PLO said it has held nine meetings and submitted around 10 letters and 11 communications to the ICC concerning the Israeli violations of human rights in Palestinian territories.

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory - Over 60 per cent of Palestinians oppose resuming dialogue with the Trump administration after the USA cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, according to an opinion poll published Wednesday.

The closure comes as Trump seeks to force the Palestinian leadership, which has cut off contact with the White House, to negotiate with his team pursuing a plan for Middle East peace - something the USA president has termed the "ultimate deal".

Bolton will also say that the State Department will announce the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington out of concern about Palestinian attempts to prompt an ICC investigation of Israel.

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"We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017", said the statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hailed Trump for the decision to shutter the Washington PLO mission.

"The decision is one of a series of unfair US policies and procedures toward the Palestinians that aimed at squeezing their cause", Aboul-Gheit said in a statement.

"Israel supports American actions that are created to make it clear to the Palestinians that refusing to negotiate and attempts to attack Israel in worldwide forums will not advance peace", Netanyahu added. Foreign governments and organizations, with exceptions including Israel, criticized the move.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. decision to shut the Palestinian mission in Washington.

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Trump has promised to pursue the "ultimate deal" between the Palestinians and Israel.

In view of the recent developments, Wisma Putra said Malaysia called upon the Muslim community to continue showing their solidarity with the Palestinian people and hoped for a stronger support in order to end the longest occupation in modern history.

Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi said it was "an act of revenge against the Palestinian people" by Trump.

"The U.S. threats against the ICC are a coup against the rules in the worldwide system", he said.

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