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If the recent massive U.S. cuts to UNRWA succeed in bringing about the closure of the agency, officials warn that the short-term impact on Lebanon could be disastrous, partly because there is no desire for the state to take on the agency's responsibilities – an apparent goal of the Trump administration. UNRWA is under unprecedented financial pressure because of the U.S. decision to withdraw all its funding. Apart from Nahr al-Bared camp, which is now under government control following a war in 2007 that displaced nearly 30,000 Palestinians, weapons are held freely around Lebanon's camps.While the Trump administration can easily turn this into a domestic policy victory for the U.S. taxpayer, it also shows that the administration does not have the support of its international allies.Nevertheless, the recent U.S. cuts seem to suggest that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser in charge of the Middle East peace plan, is following through on some major policy points first suggested in an article run in Foreign Policy magazine last month.
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