John Bolton: U.S. to Desert ‘Outright Dangerous’ International Criminal Court

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem

Dozens of Palestinians were killed in protests that followed the move, and Palestinians have since rejected the U.S.as a peace broker.

Trump has promised to pursue the "ultimate deal" between the Palestinians and Israel.

He also reiterated calls for the ICC to probe "Israeli crimes" and vowed the Palestinians would not "succumb to USA threats and bullying".

Tarasov/ZUMA Press/NewscomNational Security Advisor John Bolton will reportedly take a hardline stance today against the International Criminal Court (ICC), which investigates allegations of war crimes and genocide.

PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat said in a statement before the official announcement that "the rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale".

It accuses the Palestinian leadership of condemning a yet-to-be-released Trump administration plan to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel and the Trump administration, have repeatedly demanded that those payments from a so-called "martyrs' fund" be halted because they encourage terrorism.

Although the Israelis and Palestinians are not engaged in active, direct negotiations, Trump's administration has been working to mediate a peace deal that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Under US law adopted by Congress in 1980s, the PLO mission was barred from establishing an office in Washington DC.

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"This president will not allow American citizens to be prosecuted by foreign bureaucrats, and he will not allow other nations to dictate our means of self defense".

Bolton also touched on the Palestinian mission in Washington D.C., closed this week by the Trump Administration after the Palestinians refused to engage in peace talks and called for an investigation and prosecution of Israel in the ICC. Last September, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israeli officials.

Based in the Hague, Netherlands, the court was created in 2002 with the goal of prosecuting perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. They described the planned PLO mission closure as the latest pressure tactic by a Trump administration that has slashed funding to a United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees and to hospitals in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as capital of a future state. -Palestinian relations in the Trump era.

Ghaith Al Omari, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the decision is "not irrelevant" but "will not achieve its stated objective of bringing the Palestinians to negotiations".

"Practically speaking however, not much will change".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, August 9, 2017. Even apart from that, the previous two administrations would not have countenanced an ICC probe of Americans either, although the Obama administration would likely have just quietly exercised the veto rather than impose sanctions.

"They have made clear their intentions to avoid any process led by the Trump administration...there's no reason the Trump administration should keep their office open in Washington", he told The National.

According to a draft of the speech seen by Reuters, the Neo-Con ideologue is expected to warn the ICC that the USA will fight back using any means necessary if the ICC ever dares to probe an American or Israeli, and will punish those who cooperates with war-crime investigations.

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