The US administration is considering reopening the PLO offices in Washington
The Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, said on Wednesday that the US administration is considering reopening the offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, in addition to increasing financial support to the Palestinian Authority, as compensation for the delay in reopening its consulate in Jerusalem.
The administration of former President Donald Trump closed the PLO offices in Washington in September 2018, as a punitive step for the Palestinian Authority’s filing a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and for its failure to cooperate with Trump’s peace plan (the deal of the century).
Trump also closed the US Consulate General in East Jerusalem in 2019, after he moved his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in mid-2018.
US President Joe Biden promised to reopen the consulate during his election campaign, without specifying a date for that.
The Israeli newspaper quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the US administration is postponing the decision to open the US Consulate in Jerusalem, at least until after the rotation of the prime minister’s office in Israel.
The agreement to form the current Israeli government stipulates that Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett will take over the prime ministership first for a period of two years until September 2023, and then Yair Lapid will succeed him, the leader of the party there is a future, until November 2025.
Yedioth Ahronoth indicated that Israel had warned the Americans that reopening the consulate might lead to the downfall of the government.
In this regard, an Israeli official said that the opening of the offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington is not a major disaster for us, but that Israel will ask the Americans to link the opening of the offices to the withdrawal of the Palestinian complaint from the International Criminal Court in The Hague.