White House Closes Palestinian Diplomatic Mission
Lack of peace talks pointed to as reason for closure
On Monday, President Donald Trump ordered the closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) diplomatic mission in Washington D.C. The State Department cited the refusal of Palestinian leaders to negotiate with the U.S. and Israel as the reason for the closure. In 2017, the administration made it clear that the decision was coming unless Palestinian leaders agreed to sit down with the Israeli leaders.
In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, “PLO leadership has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise.” The statement went on to say that the only way forward would be through direct negotiations in the future.
- For State Department leaders to have wisdom on how best to manage the diplomatic relationship between Israel and Palestine.
- For President Trump to have wisdom on how best to work with the PLO.
- For Peace in the Middle East.