US Administration has recently refused to renew the licence of PLO‚Äôs office in Washington unless it stops prosecuting Israel before international courts and starts unconditional peace talks.
According to Days of Palestine, Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah described this as a form of extortion of the Palestinian Authority in order for them to accept Donald Trump‚Äôs ‚Äúdeal of the century‚ÄĚ through which the US is seeking to end the longest conflict in the Middle East.
A report in the¬†Times¬†in London said that the US is currently laying out a final plan to impose permanent “peace” on the Palestinians and Israel in the wake of the Saudi-led change in Arab-Israel relations.
The PLO office in the US capital was opened in 1994 to represent the Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority does not have an embassy or consulate in the US because America does not recognise the state of Palestine.
Palestinian political analyst Talal Okal said that this ‚Äúextortion‚ÄĚ comes in the light of the US preparation for the ‚Äúdeal of the century‚ÄĚ and it aims to pressure the Palestinians to accept the deal ‚Äúwithout political or diplomatic conditions.‚ÄĚ
According to Palestinian writer Akram Atallah, the US measure regarding the PLO office is a ‚Äúcrazy idea,‚ÄĚ as the facility was only a ‚Äútiny bribe‚ÄĚ offered by the US to the Palestinian political regime to persuade it that it ‚Äúremains a neutral mediator‚ÄĚ in the reconciliation with Israel.
‚ÄúLike the American measure itself,‚ÄĚ he added, ‚Äúthe PA response was na√Įve because it considered the US administration a neutral peace mediator.‚ÄĚ
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.