“Dennis Ross, who helped negotiate earlier peace plans during the Clinton administration, noted signs of ‘a certain pause’ in the Trump administration’s approach after a series of diplomatic maneuvers that appeared designed to pressure Palestinian officials into new talks with Israel.

“Notably, Mr. Ross said, leaders of neighboring Arab states are urging the Trump administration to withhold its approval of West Bank annexation — arguing that it would upend regional security agreements, create a new influx of Palestinians into Jordan and, in the end, scuttle any hope for future negotiations.

“’A number of them are weighing in and saying, “Don’t do this — or at least, certainly don’t rush to do this,”’ said Mr. Ross, who said he has been talking with Arab and Israeli officials…”

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