The decision by the United States to close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) representative office in Washington is regrettable, the Palestinian government said on Monday. Americans who care about Israel must join us in pushing the administration and Congress to reverse Trump's disastrous policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Palestinians have filed a war crimes claim at the International Criminal Court over Israel's plan to raze the West Bank bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the USA administration's "clear stance in the matter".
Notably, the office's closure comes shortly after the USA ended all funding for UNRWA, the UN's cash-strapped Palestinian refugee agency.
The move comes a day after the US closed the Palestinian de facto embassy in Washington because of its leaders' refusal to enter peace talks with Israel.
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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki described on Tuesday President Donald Trump's decision to halt USA funding for the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA as an attack on worldwide law.
Closing the PLO mission in Washington nearly certainly will stiffen the Palestinians' opposition to any Trump peace plan now being worked on by Trump's Middle East point men, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.
Despite the mistrust, 53 per cent of respondents still support the idea of an independent Palestinian state in areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, while only 24 per cent backed a solution of one state of Israelis and Palestinians together.
Zomlot was recently recalled back to Ramallah amid a boycott of the U.S.by the Palestinian leadership. They have since rejected the U.S.as peace broker.
France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom said on Monday its strategic location is important to maintain "contiguity of a future Palestinian state".
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Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said the PLO mission was only good at spreading hatred and incitement and made no effort to advance peace.
In remarks to Israel's Channel 10 News, Palestinian officials lashed out at Trump, and threatened that his policies would mean more bloodshed for 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.
Israel says Khan al-Ahmar was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents 12 kilometers (7 miles) away. The U.S. embassy was later moved there from Tel Aviv.
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) called the measure a "New Year's gift" to Israel and the Jewish people.
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"We have permitted the office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.