Palestinians see a Joe Biden win as a chance to wind back the clock to 2015.
The Palestinian Authority felt marginalized under Donald Trump’s presidency which they felt heavily favored Israel including the recent Abraham Accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which drove a wedge between the Gulf states and the PA.
President Mahmoud Abbas offered today his congratulations to the President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as well.
President Abbas said he was looking forward to working with the President-elect and his administration to strengthen the Palestinian-American relations and “to achieve freedom, independence, justice and dignity for our people, as well as to work for peace, stability and security for all in our region and the world.”
Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Abbas, called the end of Trump’s presidency “a victory” while Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called on Biden to “correct” what he called “unjust policies” implemented by Trump.
“We call on the elected administration to abandon the so-called deal of the century and to cancel the decision to consider Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation and to transfer the American embassy to it,” Haniyeh said in a statement.
Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi went beyond Palestinian issues with an ecstatic statement of just seeing Trump go.
“America Detrumped! The world also needs to be able to breathe. Trumpism must be carefully scrutinized & remedied to restore the human, moral & legal equilibrium within and beyond the US,” she tweeted.
If Palestinians do get the willing ear they expect to find in a Biden administration, their list of demands includes:
- A renewal of American aid to the Palestinians and to UNRWA
- The reopening of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, which Trump closed
- Focus on a two-state solution
- Moving the U.S. embassy out of Jerusalem
- Canceling America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Abbas stopped talking to the U.S. after the embassy move to Jerusalem. He is also expected to drop the Palestinian boycott of tax revenues collected by Israel which has brought it to the brink of financial collapse.
ALL ARAB NEWS reported last week that Ramallah was awaiting the outcome of the American elections to decide whether to accept $750 million being held by the Israeli treasury.