U.S. threatens to prosecute International Criminal Court judges
11 September, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Kim Reid
The closure of the PLO office - the latest in a series of moves targeting the Palestinians - was centered on the fact that no "direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel" are underway despite previous warnings, the State Department said.
The Trump administration gave official notice to the PLO that it would be closing their office in Washington, D.C. National security adviser John Bolton said that the decision had been influenced by the PLO's lack of cooperation on the peace process in the Middle East.
"While the court welcomes the membership of the so-called "State of Palestine", Bolton said during his speech at the Federalist Society.
Bolton, one of the most hawkish members of Trump's administration, is expected to make the unprecedented attack on the ICC in what appears to be a pre-emptive threat to block the court from investing war crimes committed by the United States during its Afghan campaign as well as to protect its ally, Israel.
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The administration's move to close the PLO office in Washington is not directly connected to the Trump White House's opposition to the International Criminal Court, although the administration is trying to link them.
The United States on Monday will adopt an aggressive posture against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan.
In November a year ago, then U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, cited a provision in a USA law that meant the PLO mission must close if the Palestinians try to get the worldwide criminal court (ICC) to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians.
"To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a United States peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise", she said. "We will not join the ICC", said Bolton.
"For all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us", he stated.
Under President George W. Bush, the United States did not ratify the Rome Treaty that established the ICC in 2002.
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"We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans", Bolton said.
The decision follows an extended period of estrangement between the Palestinian Authority government on the West Bank and the administration, which has already canceled most US aid to Palestinians and recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Those cuts came after the Trump administration announced it was cutting more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians and spend the money for "high priority projects elsewhere".
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