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Palestinian Negotiator: If PLO D.C. office closed, we’ll cut off communications with Trump Admin

Palestinian Negotiator: If PLO D.C. office closed, we’ll cut off communications with Trump Admin

Saeb Erekat, fresh off his American lung transplant, huffs and puffs

The Trump administration is planning multi-year peace effort, Michael Wilner at the Jerusalem Post reports:

Deadlines are not a part of President Donald Trump’s peace effort, led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, the US special representative for international negotiations. These two refuse to bind themselves in timetables as they prepare what they describe as an “architecture” for their upcoming initiative.

While details are not known, there appears to be a lot of jockeying going on to set the proper conditions to overcome historical Palestinian intransigence.

It’s in that context that a blow-up over the Washington, D.C. office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) should be viewed.

The PLO office has been at risk because of a provision enacted in 2015 that would require closing the office, among other things, if the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas took steps to stymie peace negotiations, such as trying to take Israel to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

CNN explains:

The [State] department asserts that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ran afoul of the law in September when he called on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israel for war crimes against the Palestinians.

“The secretary concluded that the factual record, certain statements made by Palestinian leaders about the ICC, did not permit (Tillerson) to make the factual certification required by the statute” to keep the PLO mission open, a State Department official said.

In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Abbas said the Palestinians have asked the the ICC “to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people.”

TheAP reports of the consequence, US puts Palestinians on notice: DC office may be shuttered

The Trump administration put the Palestinians on notice Friday that it will shutter their office in Washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with Israel, U.S. officials said, potentially giving President Donald Trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive Mideast peace deal.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined that the Palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a U.S. law that says the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission must close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians. A State Department official said that in September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas crossed that line by calling on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israelis.

But the law leaves the president a way out, so Tillerson’s declaration doesn’t necessarily mean the office will close.

Trump now has 90 days to consider whether the Palestinians are in “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” If Trump determines they are, the Palestinians can keep the office. The official said it was unclear whether the U.S. might close the office before the 90-day period expires, but said the mission remains open at least for now.

The notice of possible closure has set off PA hyperventilation. The Palestinian Wafa News reports, President’s spokesman lashes out at plans to shut down PLO office in Washington

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh expressed deep surprise on Saturday at reports that the US administration is going to close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington if the Palestinians do not enter into serious peace talks with Israel “particularly since President Mahmoud Abbas’ meetings with US President Donald Trump were characterized by a full understanding of steps to create a climate that allows for the resumption of the peace process,” as he put it.

“The Palestinian side has not received any ideas even though many months have passed and in spite of numerous meetings held with the US side, which disqualifies the US administration from playing the role of a mediator and removes itself from the job as sponsor of the political process to achieve the peace President Trump has promised to reach,” said Abu Rudeineh in a statement.

He stressed that this US measure that aims to close the PLO office in Washington “is unprecedented in the history of US-Palestinian relations, which could have serious consequences on the peace process and US-Arab relations, as well as serves as a blow to peace-making efforts and a reward to Israel, which is working to obstruct the US efforts by persisting with its settlement policy and its refusal to accept the principle of the two-state solution.”

Sael Erekat, a senior Palestinian negotiator Secretary-General of the PLO executive committee , is a major league blow-hard. Erekat recently underwent a lung transplant at a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, after undergoing 5 years of treatment in Israel.

Erekat apparently has regained lung capacity because he is huffing and puffing about retaliation.

The PLO tweeted out this video of Erekat threatening to cut off communions with the Trump administration if the PLO office is closed:

“In case they unofficially [sic] close the office of the PLO in Washington, D.C., we would put on hold all out communications with this American administration.”

Yeah, that should work.


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“Palestinian Negotiator: If PLO D.C. office closed, we’ll cut off communications with Trump Admin.”

This as about as stupid as the black sheriff in “Blazing Saddles” pointing a gun at his own head and threatening to “Shoot the sheriff if you don’t let me go”.

    Tom Servo in reply to inspectorudy. | November 19, 2017 at 8:19 am

    It’s all the Pali’s have left. They’re in a worse bind than ever due to the Saudi’s cutting back their funding, since they are upset over the way the Pali’s keep playing patti-fingers with Hezbollah and Iran.

    Of course if the Pali’s work to make the Saudi’s happy, they’ll lose the weapons and funding they’ve been getting from the Iranians.

    Playing both sides of the street quits working when everyone finds out about it, and realizes they’ve been played for suckers. That’s the point when a person, or a people, get moved from the “ally” list over to the one labeled “Expendable”.

      C. Lashown in reply to Tom Servo. | November 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      re: “…the point when a person, or a people, get moved from the “ally” list over to the one labeled “Expendable”.”

      This could be a great event for the peace of the Middle East!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to inspectorudy. | November 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm


    No down side at all to that!

    RE: “Palestinian Negotiator: If PLO D.C. office closed, we’ll cut off communications with Trump Admin”

    You aren’t looking at this correctly. Both this PLO clown and “Sheriff Bart” (Cleavon Little) are comic characters. It’s comedy, not reality, in both instances. The PLO can’t afford to cut off communications with the US, they are utterly dependent on our stupidly continuing welfare checks.

WTF…as of Oct, 1374 people were on the US Lung transplant waiting list, and this guy, a non-US citizen gets a lung transplant??

It’s too bad that what is good for a country’s leaders is seldom good for it’s people.

Take the lung back. Without anesthesia.

Professor, what’s up? First the groping, and then the huffing and puffing.

1st win-win in Middle East Foreign policy; PLO office closes therefore unable to lobby liberal votes that currently block removal of PLO Funding, thereafter PLO unable to directly fund Muslim terrorists with explicit instructions 2 kill Jews.

he’s unclear on the concept: PDJT will still be able communicate with these terrorists…

J-DAMS, Hellfires, the IDF, SpecWar teams, financial seizures, etc…

The Donald’s options are endless, but the terrorists have only two: negotiate in good faith or die.

personally, i vote for the 2nd option.

Can’t think of a better outcome. I hate these savages. Remember Munich!!! Remember Dawson’s Field!!! Remember the Achille Lauro and Klinghoffer !!!.

It is reported that the Saudis have ordered the PLO to accept whatever deal Kushner comes up with. The Saudis are clearing the way to an alliance with Israel to oppose the Iranians, and the PLO will not be allowed to stand in the way.

The PLO leadership can not agree to any peace settlement. They are getting rich off the Intifada. If the “resistance” dries up, so does the money. Arafat was an expert at dangling the “prospect” for peace in front of the various interested parties and got all of them to continue funding the PLO [mainly Arafat and his family- $10+million at the time of his death]. The only way that peace is achieved is if the PLO leadership gets a huge cash buyout and future income dries up.

    4th armored div in reply to Mac45. | November 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    even if the phoney ex Egyptians wanted to make Peas, they could not – the indoctrination of their kids is extreme – the leadership would get the al quaida haircut treatment.

    seriously, don’t see how the kids can be deprogrammed –
    the adults might be bought off (not likely though).

    Completely mirrors the corrupt ‘civil right’ racket in America.

      great unknown in reply to | November 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      It’s called “victimology”, and if you know how to play it, it is extremely profitable. Until somebody stands up to you and says, “tough luck”.

Palestinian representative/PLO to USA: Do you know who I am?? We make the demands, and you convey them to Israel! Don’t you know how this is supposed to work?

Pres. Trump to PLO: [belly laugh]

The GD PLO shouldn’t have an “office” in the U.S., cripes, they’re a recognized terrorist group. What the hell are they doing here?

    Edward in reply to MNCPO. | November 22, 2017 at 9:09 am

    They are here due to the fiction that the “Palestinian Authority” is somehow different from the Palestinian Liberation Organization. It isn’t, they are one and the same and Israel still must deal with the terrorists every time the US, or the “world” demands they do so to seek “peace” (usually accompanied by “world” demands that Israel do what no nation has ever done after winning territory from an attacking enemy – give it all back – but hey, they’re only Jews, so who cares what they think or need. To avoid misunderstanding – /s).

bart simpsonson | November 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Do we really care what the PLO thinks or has to say? About anything? Including transfer payments? What about them is legitimate anyhow?