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Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw formal recognition of Israel

It was a historic day for the Middle East and a U.S.-backed effort to bring peace. On Sept. 9, 1993, the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized “the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.”Now, more than two decades later — as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prepares to visit the region — Palestinian leaders are threatening to take back that decision.The PLO is examining whether “you can rescind recognition,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a prominent lawyer on the group’s executive committee. “You can suspend or cease relations, but we are examining if revocation can be done.”At issue is President Trump’s announcement last month that the United States would recognize Jerusalem a ...