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FILE – In this April 29, 2019 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas laid off all of his advisers and ordered a former prime minister and other Cabinet officials to return tens of thousands of dollars they received from a pay raise he had secretly approved two years ago. Palestinian officials said the decisions, announced in official statements, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, came as part of efforts to cut costs and recuperate funds after Israel stopped delivering tax revenues earlier this year. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool, File)