REAX Of Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) To The State Department's Announcement That The U.S. Will Order The Closure Of The PLO Office In Washington, DC

“A year and 9 months after President Trump’s inauguration we have yet to see anything remotely resembling a credible plan for peace in the Middle East.  Instead, all sides, including the White House, have taken unnecessary and provocative steps that make good-faith negotiations less likely and that have harmed innocent people.  Forcing the PLO office in Washington to close will make the situation worse by cutting off one of the few official channels of communication with the Palestinians.  Cutting off U.S. support for the East Jerusalem Hospital means that thousands of sick people, especially children, who depend on it for care will be at risk. These are the actions of an administration that has failed at diplomacy.”

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