A Palestinian protester flashes the victory gesture as he holds a slingshot during a demonstration at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City in the central Gaza Strip on September 7, 2018. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
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Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat accused the US of acting in bad faith and denied that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Trump has repeatedly said he aims for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, but the Palestinians have refused to meet with his administration since the US leader controversially recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017 .Erekat said Trump's decision had violated a pledge he made to Abbas in May 2017 that his administration would not adopt any radical steps for 12 months to encourage peace talks.Trump said Thursday he had cut the funds to force the Palestinians to negotiate.
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