US Closes Palestinian Mission in DC
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday September 12, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
The US State Department announced that the Palestinians must close their mission in Washington.
The mission is the closest thing to a US embassy the Palestinians have.
The announcement came in a statement from Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, during an official press briefing.
Nauert said: "To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise ... As such, and reflecting congressional concerns, the administration has decided that the PLO office in Washington will close at this point ... The United States continues to believe that direct negotiations between the two parties are the only way forward."
The Palestinians are livid. They are convinced that this is another US move against them.
But the United States has made it clear that actions have consequences - in this case the Palestinians refuse to advance direct talks with Israel or even to speak to US special envoys.
Back in November the United States warned the Palestinians that the price of not talking would be the closing of their Washington mission. They have a month to move out.
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