ICC responds to U.S. sanctions threats

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Palestinian-Americans are at risk of being collateral damage in the escalating diplomatic row between Washington and Ramallah.

Officials close to PA President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted telling Israel's Channel 10 that the PA may cut the last vestiges of ties with the US over those moves, which include the shuttering of the PLO office in Washington. The Associated Press reports that a requirement in US law states that the PLO mission must close if the peace process does not move forward. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post last week, he said the Jerusalem recognition was never meant to gain concessions from Israeli leaders for a peace deal. The PA envoy to Washington told Associated Press that his staffers have been given a month to pack up after the Trump administration ordered the PLO mission closed.

"These people have made a decision to stand on the wrong side of history by protecting war criminals and destroying the two state solution", he said. The PLO office, however, has not responded to media queries since Monday's announcement. The United Nations General Assembly, however, voted in 2012 to recognize Palestine as what it calls a "member observer state".

Looks like Bolton has found an administration more to his liking. "After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us", Bolton told a gathering of the conservative Federalist Society in DC.

"There is not a day that goes by where they don't do this stuff", added Baddar.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lashed out at the United States for launching a blistering verbal attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying the boorishness of this rogue USA regime seems to know no bounds.

The three men who would win the Nobel Peace Prize the next year - Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel and Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat - did not live to see peace in their time. "As such, and reflecting congressional concerns, the administration has decided that the PLO office in Washington will close at this point". The chairwoman of the House's Middle East panel, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Sen.

Twenty-five years ago, then U.S. president Bill Clinton looked on as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands on the White House lawn, sealing the Oslo accords.

"'Unsigning' the treaty will not stop the court".

The move was, not surprisingly, praised in Israel, where a government official said the U.S. was taking a clear stance against the Palestinian refusal to negotiate.

The United States declined to join the court during Mr. He vowed to "step up our efforts to hold Israel accountable under global law".

Israel said the village was built illegally and has offered to resettle residents, but opponents say it's part of continued forcible displacement of Palestinians to make room for a new Israeli settlement. It also stressed that it would only investigate and prosecute crimes when the states will not or can not do so.

The Trump administration threatened to sanction the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its staff yesterday on the eve of an impending announcement where The Hague-based tribunal will decide if it will investigate American soldiers for war crimes committed in Afghanistan dating back nearly two decades.

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