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The list of obstacles to a long-awaited U.S. plan for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal has grown longer in recent days. Contentious relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are bound to deteriorate further with incoming national security adviser John Bolton, who has said Palestinians would be better off being absorbed by Egypt and Jordan than having their own state.WHAT'S IN THE PLAN?Palestinian officials say they haven't received anything from the White House, but have been alarmed by U.S. policy shifts.The officials say the plan calls for a Palestinian entity in Gaza, the autonomous Palestinian areas of the occupied West Bank and some of the remaining 60 percent that is under sole Israeli control.WHAT IS ABBAS' STRATEGY?Abbas believes it is best not to engage, according to Palestinian officials.Gaza's 2 million Palestinians have endured an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade since 2007, when Hamas seized the territory from forces loyal to Abbas.THE U.S. IMPOSE A DEAL?U.S. officials say they won't impose a solution, but haven't explained how they will bring Abbas back to the table.
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