The Palestinian Prime Minister, Mr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, has cried for God’s help if Trump wins the upcoming US presidential election on November 3rd. The Prime Minister said that if the US leader is re-elected in a few weeks to come it will be disastrous not only for his people but also for the whole world.
During a meeting with European lawmakers on Tuesday, Mohammad said that Trump’s four years in office as US president had harmed the Palestinians.
In his comments, he said if they are going to live four more years with Trump as US president, God to help them and the whole world. This was a repetition of the comment he had made the day before during the virtual address to the European Parliament and which was also published on his Facebook page.
The Palestinian Prime Minister added that if the upcoming US elections take place any other way, if Joe Biden, Trump’s main opponent, comes out victorious, it I going to directly reflect on the Palestinian-Israeli relations, as well as bilateral Palestinian-American relations.
Traditionally, the Palestinians have failed to comment on the US presidential election, but Shtayyeh’s comments reflected a sense of desperation on the part of the Palestinians.
Washington has taken several steps that have been controversial for the Palestinians, including recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017, followed by moving the embassy there.
At the time, the Palestinian leaders saw occupied East Jerusalem as their capital of their future state and now condemned the recognition of the US as not being an honest negotiator.
Following the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to open US-led talks with Israel, the US reaffirmed the closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s mission offices in Washington.
The Trump administration has also cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid to Palestinians. Earlier this year they also issued what is known as the “Middle East Plan,” which was completely rejected by Palestinians who viewed it as too favorable for America’s steadfast ally, Israel.
The plan envisages the annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank by Israel, including the unlawful settlements in the Jordan Valley by the Jewish, which implied that Israel made the eastern border along with the Jordan permanent.
The Palestinians and other right-wing groups condemned the Trump administration for not believing Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and this was a reversal of decades-long US policy.
Not too far, the Trump administration had also convinced two Arab Gulf states, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, and they urged other Arab nations to follow suit.
The deals announced in August were described by the Palestinians as a grave betrayal by the Arab states, which further undermined their self-determination efforts. They also undermine the traditional Arab consensus that recognition of Israel is only in return for an independent Palestinian state.
At present, the majority of Arab states remain committed to the Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for the complete departure of Israel from the Palestinian territories taken after 1967 in exchange for harmony and the full establishment of relations.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.