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Just days after the Obama administration announced it was unblocking almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, P.A. chairman Mahmoud Abbas told an Arab League summit this week he was pushing ahead with efforts to upgrade the P.A.’s status – the reason Congress wanted the money held up in the first place.

Abbas complained that the Palestinian people were being collectively punished for opting to seek statehood at the U.N.

Abbas also used his speech at the summit in Doha, Qatar to reprise his accusations that Israel is systemically racing to “judaize” Jerusalem, and repeated the inflammatory claim that it is “attacking the al-Aqsa Mosque and Muslim and Christian holy sites.”

Last Thursday, President Obama in a speech in Jerusalem told Israelis he believed Abbas to be “a true partner.”

Hours earlier, standing alongside Abbas in Ramallah, Obama announced, “I’m pleased that in recent weeks the United States has been able to provide additional assistance to help the Palestinian Authority bolster its finances.”

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