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US rolls back Trump rule on relations with Palestinians


JERUSALEM (AP) — Washington is reversing a Trump administration policy on U.S.-Palestinian relations ahead of President Joe Biden’s possible visit to Israel. The new rule announced on Thursday means Palestinians will deal directly with the State Department in Washington, rather than go through the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem first, reestablishing a line of communication cancelled by former President Donald Trump. That’s short of the Palestinians’ demand that the United States reopen its consulate in Jerusalem, which for years functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Biden’s possible visit to the region could come as soon as next month.

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