Palestinian protesters carry a wounded comrade during clash with Israeli forces near the Israel-Gaza border east of the southern Gaza strip city of Khan Yunis on December 29, 2017. AFP / SAID KHATI
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U.S.-Palestinian relations are at a low point after U.S. President Donald Trump's Jerusalem announcement, and the Palestinian leadership is in need of a new powerful patron.Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian journalist, told The Daily Star that last week Abbas dispatched his senior adviser Nabil Sha'ath to Moscow to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.It also reiterated Russia's proposal to hold a summit between the Palestinian and Israeli leaders.Analysts argue that Russia's recent posturing doesn't therefore translate into anything of substance for the Palestinian leadership.Neil Hauer, an independent analyst on Russia and the Caucasus, told The Daily Star that Moscow's recent actions are therefore more about public relations and emphasizing Russia's position on the world stage rather than anything practical.This may therefore create a space for the Americans to bring the Palestinian leadership back into the fold, he suggests.Although strained, relations between the United States and Palestine may therefore not be completely irreparable.
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