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PLO’s DC office to be closed



PLOs DC office to be closed

The Palestine Liberation Organization will no longer be operating out of their Washington DC office after the Trump administration announced it will be closing soon. With no movement in resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the White House decided there was no need to keep the PLO close.

The statement by the White House was clear and the reaction by the PLO was predictable:

Trump Administration To Close Palestine Liberation Organization Office In D.C.“We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement Monday.

“However, the PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” she added.

Husam Zomlot, the head of the Palestinian delegation to the U.S., said that they are “not surprised.”

“Such a reckless act confirms that the administration is blindly executing Israel’s ‘wish list,’ which starts with shutting down Palestinian diplomatic representation in the US,” he said in a statement.

My Take

The PLO has one true mission: the expulsion of Israel and its people from lands it believes belongs to Palestinians. If that means death to Israelis, they’re more than willing to help make that happen. That’s the long-term goal. If getting to that goal means making token concessions or promising to live peacefully with Israelis for now, they’ll do it.

There was never good faith in the PLO’s diplomatic wing whether at home or here in Washington DC. This move is one designed to send the clear message that they are spinning our wheels by being here and are unwilling to do anything that does not end up satisfying their goals.

This is a great move by the administration.

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