Israel Looking to Congress on Palestinian Aid Cut, Official Says

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Israel is looking to a Republican-led U.S. Congress to reduce or cut aid to the Palestinian Authority after its latest unilateral diplomatic moves to gain statehood recognition, an Israeli official said. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on Dec. 31 as a first step toward joining the International Criminal Court and possibly seeking charges against Israeli officials in the global war-crimes tribunal. Israel has also discussed with Canadian officials the possibility of a cut in that country’s…

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