It has already been a very busy week for Israel's greatest friend, the United States. In friendly fashion, the U.S. has taken to the international stage to defend the Jewish state, first nixing an old treaty with Iran, and now, according to The Jerusalem Post's Michael Wilner, withdrawing from another accord in order to combat Palestinian litigation undertaken because of the American embassy's move to Jerusalem:
The Trump administration has withdrawn the US from an international agreement currently serving as the basis for a Palestinian lawsuit against Washington at the International Court of Justice.
US national security adviser John Bolton told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that the president authorized withdrawal from the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations— while remaining party to the overall treaty— in order to undercut “politicized litigation” from the “so-called state of Palestine,” currently challenging the US for its relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
“We will commence a review of all international agreements that may still expose the US to purported binding jurisdiction dispute resolution in the International Court of Justice,” Bolton said, also outlining a similar move on a treaty at the core of litigation with Iran.
Bolton said the moves were less about Iran or the Palestinians and more about the ICJ, which he and the rest of the Trump team considers an “ineffective” body without jurisdiction over the US...