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The bid for Palestinian statehood at the UN launched by Mahmoud Abbas has prompted pro-Israeli politicians in the US to take action.

The US politicians are using legislative efforts to delay the delivery of $200m in economic aid - earmarked for food, healthcare and infrastructure projects - to Palestinians.

This has drawn sharp criticism from the Obama administration. Palestinian officials are calling the decision "counterproductive" to Middle East peace efforts.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington.

Source: Al Jazeera