U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton made a statement at the White House that the United States has decided to abandon the United Nations protocol on dispute resolution.
The protocol provides a mechanism by which signatory states can sue each other before the International Court of Justice to resolve diplomatic disputes.
Bolton explained that the measure was provoked by the “misnamed State of Palestine,” which denounced the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem before the International Court of Justice.
Bolton stressed that “Palestine” is not a state because it does not meet the relevant criteria. “It is not a state now. It does not meet the usual international test of a state,” he stressed. “It does not control defined borders. It does not perform normal functions of government. There is a whole set of reasons why it is not a State.
“It could become a state, as President [Trump] said, but that requires diplomatic negotiations with Israel and others,” he added.
“We have consistently opposed the admission of ‘Palestine’ to the UN as a state because it is not a state,” Bolton said.
Many countries around the world have for political reasons recognized the Palestine as a state; although the Palestinian Authority controls limited parts of the West Bank and its fierce rival, the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, controls the Gaza Strip.