Rep. Zeldin Applauds Administration’s Closure of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Office

September 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement following National Security Advisor John Bolton’s announcement that the Trump Administration will close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, D.C. and that sanctions will be imposed against International Criminal Court (ICC) judges and prosecutors should it move ahead with an investigation against the United States and Israel:

“The U.S. has no greater ally and strategic partner than Israel, and it is critical that we support a direct and robust peace process that brings lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. However, the PLO has only set back this critical peace process with their unwillingness to engage in any part of it, going so far as to oppose plans that haven’t even yet been drafted. Instead, the PLO has continued to force a wedge between negotiators, now advocating for an International Criminal Court investigation into the United States, Israel and its allies. Any attempt by the ICC, a pro-Palestinian organization, to intimidate the United States or Israel will not be tolerated, and I applaud the Administration for taking a strong stance; threatening the full force of U.S. sanctions.”