Poll shows Palestinian mistrust of Trump runs deep

ICC is dead to us’ US to use ‘any means’ to shield citizens & allies from war crime probes

On Monday the US State Department confirmed it was shutting the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, saying the Palestinians were not supporting peace talks with Israel.

Over the weekend, it announced it would cut $25 million in assistance for hospitals in east Jerusalem that provide critical care to Palestinian patients.

The PLO said it was being blackmailed by a White House blatantly biased in favour of Israel and called the move a "dangerous escalation" of tensions in the region.

He added that "the current USA administration's policies starting with the transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem last May unveiled its complete prejudice to the Israeli agenda".

The journal also reported that the national security adviser formulates to intimidate the International Criminal Court in similar assembled comments vociferating that U.S. will levy restrictions against the concern if it probes the USA and Israel.

Israel claims that the village was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents, but critics say that its removal is meant to make room for an Israeli settlement.

Zomlot was recently recalled back to Ramallah amid a boycott of the U.S.by the Palestinian leadership.

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The U.S. supplies almost 30 per cent of the total budget of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, and had been demanding reforms in the way it is run. The decision cuts almost $300 million of planned support. They do not serve America's national security interests - or Israel's. The Palestinian Authority uses much of its foreign aid to support and promote terrorism.

Last November, the ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bom Bensouda of Gambia, said the investigation would focus on "war crimes by members of the United States armed forces" and "secret detention facilities in Afghanistan" used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), particularly in 2003 and 2004. PLO President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to do so.

This will clear the way for the Trump administration to formally abandon America's traditional role as an honest broker of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

The court has been hobbled by the refusal of the U.S., Russia, China and other major nations to join. The consulate opened in May with a star-studded reception that included the president's daughter, Ivanka and Kushner, as well as Israel's top leaders. It was the bloodiest day since a war between Hamas and Israel ended in 2014.

Ankara ordered out Israel's ambassador in May after Israeli soldiers killed dozens of unarmed protestors along the border with the Gaza Strip.

In view of the recent developments, Wisma Putra said Malaysia called upon the Muslim community to continue showing their solidarity with the Palestinian people and hoped for a stronger support in order to end the longest occupation in modern history.

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