FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Palestinians leave the Makassed hospital in east Jerusalem. US has cut funding to the six Jerusalem hospitals, including Makaseed, that provide care for Palestinians from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. For two years, the Trump administration has unabashedly slashed U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Now, amid signs it may finally roll out its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the administration is scrambling to save what little remaining Palestinian assistance it provides.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

In a twist, Trump fights to keep some Palestinian aid alive

November 30, 2018 - 1:09 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years, the Trump administration has unabashedly slashed aid to the Palestinians. Now, amid signs it may finally roll out its long-awaited Mideast peace plan, the administration is scrambling to save what little remaining Palestinian assistance it provides.

The striking turnabout is the result of an obscure new law that will likely force the U.S. to terminate all aid to the Palestinian Authority, including security assistance, by January 31. Eliminating such aid, which totaled $61 million this year even as other aid was being cut, would deal a blow to Palestinian-Israeli security cooperation that both sides value.

To avert that and remove a potentially lethal complication to the promised peace plan, the administration is working to come up with a fix that would allow the aid to continue.

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