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As foreign assistance dwindles and credit limits hold back growth, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah sees little chance of salvation coming from U.S. presidential front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Hamdallah looks with envy at this week's Washington convention of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, where the White House hopefuls are scheduled to address a crowd of 18,000 activists Monday night. Palestinians have no parallel lobby that could help avert further further slashes in U.S. aid by Congress. The prime minister, whom President Mahmoud Abbas appointed to lead his Cabinet in 2013, says the U.S.-dominated peace process that failed to produce an agreement in 2014 must be overhauled to include other world powers, a step Israel has vigorously opposed out of concern it would favor the Palestinians.With more than 75,000 Palestinians living in American cities such as Chicago, Detroit, New York and Patterson, N.J., the diaspora community is gaining political influence, particularly on college campuses where a campaign is gaining steam to boycott Israeli goods and divest from companies that do business with Israel.
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