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AP Sources: Obama Leans Against Last-minute Action on Israel

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FILE - President Barack Obama shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, Sept. 21, 2016.

FILE - President Barack Obama shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, Sept. 21, 2016.

President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, indicating he will likely avoid one last row with Israel's government as he leaves office.

That's according to U.S. officials who weren't authorized to discuss internal matters and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama had been considering giving a major speech or supporting a United Nations resolution laying out parameters for a future peace deal. But officials say discussions have fallen off since Donald Trump's surprise victory.

The Republican Party and many Trump supporters are vehemently opposed to U.N. actions targeting Israel. Any action by Obama would put Trump on the defensive, potentially leading him to stake out a hard-line position.

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