"The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel", it quoted Bolton's draft text as saying.
On the one hand, the State Department announced Monday that the administration is closing the PLO office in Washington because the Palestinians aren't directly negotiating any peace agreement with Israel.
The Trump administration had threatened to close the mission in November and the head of the Palestinian mission in Washington, Husam Zumlot, had for months been rendered a forlorn figure in the Capitol until he was recalled in December.
"This risky escalation shows that the U.S.is willing to disband the global system in order to protect Israeli crimes and attacks against the land and people of Palestine as well as against peace and security in the rest of our region", Erekat said. It also contends that the PLO is refusing to engage with the US government on peace efforts.
Based in the Hague, Netherlands, the court was created in 2002 with the objective of prosecuting perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Allegations against United States personnel include torture and illegal imprisonment.
Those allegations were submitted to the ICC.
The Palestinian leadership has been openly hostile to any proposal from the administration, citing what it says is a pro-Israel bias. "The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court.We will not cooperate with the ICC", Bolton said. "And we certainly will not join the ICC", he said. The organization opened the office in 1994 and went on to join the ICC after receiving observer state status at the United Nations in 2012. And Bolton added, "We will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel's right to self-defense", per the Wall Street Journal.
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Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said the office closure was "yet another affirmation of the Trump administration's policy to collectively punish the Palestinian people".
The US, Erekat said, seems "willing to disband the global system in order to protect Israeli crimes and attacks against the land and people of Palestine".
Mr. Bolton also announced that the United States would shut down the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington - a decision linked to the International Criminal Court, which he said was being prodded by the Palestinians to investigate Israel.
The decision was another play from US President Donald Trump aimed at pressuring the Palestinians to negotiate with him and his Middle East advisers on a much-vaunted peace plan that the American leader has termed the "ultimate deal". When the court was established in 2002, then-President George W. Bush refused to ratify the Rome treaty underpinning the tribunal, which aims to hold accountable perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
And Trump sparked widespread anger in May after moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
"It is ironic that the USA is punishing the PLO", she said according to a statement released by her office, "the highest political body that made the commitment to reaching a political and legal settlement of the Palestinian question and that has engaged in negotiations with successive U.S. administrations for decades".
The administration had told the Palestinians a year ago that closure was a distinct possibility unless they agreed to sit to down with the Israelis.
As the 25th anniversary approaches of the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords - which created a degree of autonomy in the occupied West Bank and Gaza and a framework for a two-state solution - few Palestinians will be celebrating, as Israeli settlement building has multiplied in the West Bank on land Palestinians see as part of their future state.