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GOP blocks Trump administration’s bid to save Palestinian aid

The Donald Trump administration has pushed Congress to preserve Palestinian security aid only to find resistance from the president’s Republican allies.

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The State Department is seeking $35 million in security aid for the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the 2020 budget proposal released this week.

But first, it needs Congress to rewrite a new law that has inadvertently choked off all aid to the West Bank and Gaza, including programs favored by Israel. So far,

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