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Trump is just the latest US president to push Palestine around

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20.09.2018

US National Security Advisor John Bolton is at it again. He recently issued a blistering rebuke of the International Criminal Court (ICC): “We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”

Is this another example of US President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the international community? Is it yet another harbinger of the end of the post-1945 “rules-based international order?

No. That’s because “rules-based international order” was never what it appeared to be anyway. Rather than a benign de facto agreement on problem-solving through discussion rather than armed conflict, it represents an exclusive club that ensures the perpetual dominance of some societies over others.

Just ask the Palestinians.

One of the reasons behind Bolton’s tirade is that the US administration wants to prevent the ICC from following through on Palestinian requests to investigate the legality of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Indeed, the Trump administration has proven over the last few months that it is more than willing to go out of its way to punish the Palestinians for daring to challenge Israeli domination, even when that “challenge” has taken the meekest of forms.

Read: Talk of a ‘Jordan-Palestine confederation’ is dangerous

According to David Rothkopf, a prominent commentator: “It’s as if the US State Department has handed over its entire Middle East policy to the Prime Minister of Israel.

Bolton, as if to prove this point, said in his speech:

The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel. And today, reflecting congressional concerns with Palestinian attempts to prompt an ICC investigation of Israel, the State Department will announce the closure of the Palestine Liberation........

© Middle East Monitor