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September 12, 2018 10:37 am

Palestinian Authority Demands Arab Support for Anti-Trump Diplomatic Campaign

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US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. Photo: The White House.

The Palestinian Authority has decided to embark on a political and diplomatic campaign against the Trump administration, Israel’s Channel Two reported on Wednesday.

The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, Riad al-Maliki, told official Palestinian radio that he had turned to the Arab states for support against Trump’s policies toward the Palestinians.

These policies have included the defunding of the Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, major cuts in aid to the PA, and the shuttering of the PLO mission in Washington, DC.

Maliki informed attendees at an Arab League summit in Cairo of the Palestinian decision to engage in an anti-Trump campaign, including in international forums, and demanded Arab support.

A columnist close to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asserted in a recent column that “the US has been conquered by Israel,” and Channel Two said this was the general attitude in the PA government, according to anonymous sources.

However, the sources also said, “Our toolbox is empty, we have to keep our heads down and wait.”

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