Few moves illustrate President Donald Trump’s arrogance toward the Palestinian people as well as the Sept. 10 decision to shut down the PLO offices in the US capital. Few measures reflect the president’s insensitivity better than his timing in slamming the door in the Palestinians’ faces on the week they marked the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accord with Israel. All that's left of these accords is the legitimacy it granted the Palestine Liberation Organization as the representative of the Palestinian people.
As expected, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who cheered the Trump administration’s move against the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), also celebrated the decision to shutter the PLO’s Washington office. So far, he has remained silent about planned US aid cuts to Palestinian hospitals treating Palestinian cancer patients. A statement issued by his office over the Jewish New Year holiday on Sept. 10 read, "Israel supports these actions that are meant to make it clear to the Palestinians that refusing to negotiate and attacking Israel in international forums will not bring about peace."