A bipartisan group of Senators warned the Palestinians on Friday that millions in U.S. financial aid and its Washington office are in jeopardy if they use upgraded U.N. status against Israel.

The measure, which the lawmakers plan to offer as an amendment to a far-reaching defence bill, would cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if they file charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC). As a non-member state in the U.N., the Palestinians could join the court and press war crime charges against Israel.

Unwillingness to conduct meaningful negotiations with Israel would result in the immediate closing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s office in Washington.

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