President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday that his administration’s brokering of recent normalization agreements between Israel and Arab nations was part of a broader diplomatic effort to pressure Palestine into negotiating a peace deal.

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The remarks from the president came in an interview on “Fox & Friends,” after he was asked whether his Middle East strategy was to force the Palestinians to come to the table by mediating new pacts such as the Abraham Accords — which will normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“Yes, you could say that’s certainly a piece of it,” Trump said. “The ultimate piece is it’s good for us to have, and it’s good for Israel. But certainly that’s a piece of it. The Palestinians are very difficult to deal with.”

Read more at Politico.