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How Trump's Jerusalem Announcement Will Shape Palestinian Politics

Dim Prospects for Abbas—and for Peace

On December 6, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the American embassy there, breaking with nearly 70 years of U.S. policy. The announcement has put Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a tough position. Abbas was already walking a political tightrope: he is in the middle of a delicate reconciliation process with his rivals in Hamas, and he faces a public deeply skeptical of his leadership and of the United States’ role in the peace process. To appease ordinary Palestinians and to fend off attacks from his competitors, …

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