Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to Palestinian territories

US President Donald Trump who admitted the Middle East peace process was in difficulty Tuesday and threatened to cut US aid to Palestinians, currently worth more than $300 million a year. PHOTO | SAUL LOEB | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Unless Trump follows through on his customary tough talk, the message is likely to be seen as primarily political.

  • He has heaped pressure on Palestinians to do a deal by threatening to close the de facto "embassy" in Washington.

  • For most the last half century the United States has been seen as an indispensable — if sometimes imperfect — arbiter of the peace process.

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