Of all the news this week, I most closely followed the closing of the PLO’s mission in Washington, DC.
The Palestinian leadership confirmed Monday the embassy would close soon, following reports of a leaked draft of a speech by National Security Advisor John Bolton last Sunday night that said the PLO mission would be shut down in the course of penalizing nations that seek prosecution against the U.S., Israel, or other allies at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bolton, a long time critic of the ICC, indicated the following day at a summit for the Federalist Society that the measure against the PLO was both a sanction for its insistence jurists open an investigation into Israel, and for present unwillingness to engage the White House in its attempts at brokering an agreement with Israel.
First thing I’ll mention is that I have no special love for Israel. I’m not really a huge supporter of that country. From my perspective, our foreign policy in the region is far too suppliant to their needs and we don’t get much in return for all the trouble. That aside, I don’t much care what they do internally. It’s not our concern and beyond our ability to resolve anyway.
In that vein, I agree with the Trump Administration’s decision to close the PLO’s embassy. Yes, I know it doesn’t look good if we’re trying to look like fair brokers of a peace deal, but really, I have to wonder if we can do that or even should try.
The Palestinian people have had the most self-serving and irresponsible leaders on Earth for several decades now. I can absolutely believe that Israel behaves like an apartheid state and also acknowledge that an independent Palestine would be a complete disaster, right? The two opinions aren’t mutually exclusive.
If the Palestinian leadership doesn’t want to work with the US on a lasting peace deal with Israel, then screw them. The choice to doom their people to poverty and marginalization is theirs alone. It’s clear that they’re not getting the hint and even this step won’t convince them that they need Israel to make a deal with them than the other way around.
I feel bad for the Palestinian people, but I have to admit that I’m enjoying this current era of American foreign policy that amounts to, “We have no obligation to be nice or fair. Do what we say or eat a dick.”
Open thread with a twist! Let’s share and discuss news stories on the topic of the unfairness of life. Anybody got anything?