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Abbas Will Ease Up on Settlements to Spur Talks, Aide Says

  • Palestinians want to give Trump an opportunity to ‘deliver’
  • Campaign to rally condemnation of Israel being toned down
Mohammad Mustafa.

Mohammad Mustafa.

Photographer: Adam Berry/Bloomberg
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will temporarily shelve his long-standing demand for Israel to freeze West Bank settlement construction in order to revive peace talks under the Trump administration, a top adviser said.

The 82-year-old Palestinian Authority president also would tone down his campaign to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes and to rally condemnation of the Jewish state at the United Nations, said Mohammad Mustafa, Abbas’s senior economic adviser and former deputy prime minister.