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Palestinians Not to Be Blackmailed After Trump Threat

Palestinians Not to Be Blackmailed After Trump ThreatPalestinians Not to Be Blackmailed After Trump Threat

Palestinian leaders said on Wednesday they will not be "blackmailed" after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut aid worth more than $300 million annually, his latest provocative move that could upturn years of careful diplomacy.

Relations between Trump's White House and the Palestinians were already tense after the US president's recognition of Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israel's capital last month, AFP reported.

The December 6 announcement concerning the disputed city led Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to say the United States could no longer play any role in the Middle East peace process.

Trump's threat in a tweet on Tuesday to try to force the Palestinians into negotiations led to further outrage, though Israeli ministers lauded the move.

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