A Palestinian man loads a horse-pulled cart with food donations outside the United Nations food distribution center in Gaza City on January 15, 2018 / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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Palestinian leaders voted Monday to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel as they met in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.While the Palestinians have been deeply angered by Trump's Jerusalem declaration, they also risk facing an international backlash if they follow through on the call to suspend recognition of Israel.Palestinians want the annexed eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state, and Abbas has said Trump's stance means the U.S. can no longer be the mediator in peace talks with Israel.The U.S. president has sought to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, with talks stalled since 2014 .Abbas said all options were on the table for responding to Trump's Jerusalem declaration, but did not specifically mention suspending recognition of Israel or ending security coordination with the Jewish state – both policies mooted in the days before the council.
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