One issue that has perplexed many United States presidents is trying to broker a true peace between Israel and Palestine. Friday, the Trump administration took a controversial step towards bringing Palestine to the table. The State Department announced that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas violated a little known law when he called on the ICC to investigate Israel for war crimes. As a result, the U.S. will close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington, D.C. According to CNN Politics, the 2015 law requires that the office be closed if Palestinians “influence a determination by the ICC to initiate a judicially authorized investigation, or to actively support such an investigation, that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.” The announcement prompted Palestine to declare they would cut off all communication with the U.S. if the office is closed. Given their response, a question comes to mind: Should the Trump administration close the PLO’s office?
People who support the closing of the office feel that it is a great idea. They see the PLO as a terrorist organization and they should have never been allowed to have an office here in the first place. Plus, they feel that, with the office being closed, Palestine will have less opportunity to work against Israel here in the U.S. Finally, they believe that Palestine doesn’t want peace with Israel, they want it wiped off the map and any attempt at negotiating with them is a waste of time.
Those who oppose the closing see this as a cheap stunt by the Trump administration. They believe that the president’s base is very pro Israel and he is just trying to make himself look tough in their eyes. They feel there was no need to take this step before talks even began. They say that all this did was make the U.S. look like it is going to favor Israel in any negotiations with Palestine, so President Abbas was right to go to the ICC.
Al Jazeera covering the closing of the PLO office:
Should President Trump close the PLO’s office in Washington, D.C.? Is the PLO just a terrorist group that should not have an office here to begin with? Or is the closing just a cheap stunt?
Yes, close the PLO office
Those in favor of the closing say that Palestine has no interest in peace. They feel that Palestine wants to see Israel destroyed and the PLO is a group bent on doing just that.
PLO is and has always been a terror organization. Closing down the DC office would be the best thing the US could do.
— Kenneth Whitfield (@whitforreal) November 18, 2017
See no downside to closing PLO office in DC! Gives CAIR less chance to influence & one less orgnztn in DC attempting to knock down Israel!
— Bob H (@bobhillusa) November 19, 2017
That’s OK. They don’t want to talk anyway. Never have never will. It’s a waste of good negotiators time.
— Ross (@AT_right_of_ctr) November 19, 2017
No, don’t close the PLO office
People who don’t want the office closed say that President Trump is playing to his base. They feel there is no need to close the office before one word has been said at peace talks.
Never heard a single serious Israeli official demand the closure of the PLO mission in DC. Purely a stunt for domestic consumption. https://t.co/DWV5GVAxU7
— Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) November 19, 2017
#US vs #Palestine – The @realDonaldTrump admin. has no single ground on which it can justify the closure of the #Palestinian office in #Washington as the chonological reality shows that both US and the #Israelis have forced #Abbas to file a appilication for #ICC membership
— Ruud Wedding (@RuudWedding) November 19, 2017
Disgusting…Trump threatens to close PLO office in DC if Palestine continues to put pressure on The ICC to investigate israel's crimes on humanity.
— Deena K (@dmk524) November 19, 2017
Here we Go The Blackmailing started ahead of its Peace Deal ,The Old witch Game,U.S. warns Palestinians: Enter peace talks with Israel, or you may lose U.S. embassy & Threaten To close PLO Office in DC https://t.co/Yd2MTM34vg
— Baz4peace (@Baz4peace) November 18, 2017
Do you think President Trump should close the PLO’s office in Washington, D.C.?