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Abbas breaks with US over Jerusalem - but for how long?

Grant Rumley
23rd December 2017 - Agence France Presse

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has broken with Washington over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital but, popular as it is domestically, analysts question how long that tough stance can last.

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Grant Rumley, author of a book on Abbas, said Palestinian leaders know "deep down that they'll need the US at some point."

As such, Trump has calculated "the Palestinians will eventually come back to the table," he said.

In the short term, the Palestinians risked losing a significant chunk of the more than $400 million in annual aid they get from Washington, Rumley said.

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