Hamas calls for Trump to reconsider American pro-Israel policies

The leaders of the Islamic world joined the other world leaders who commented on Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Iran said that Trump will need to respect the nuclear agreement while the Palestinian Authority demanded that he support a two-state solution.
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Leaders from all over the world began congratulating America’s new president-elect Donald Trump. Leaders throughout the Islamic world also released optimistic statements that their countries’ relationship with the US will improve or that the Trump administration will respect agreements signed by the previous US government. Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif said today (Wednesday): “What interests us is that the elected president will respect the nuclear agreement.”

“Trump needs to fully understand the reality of the world,” added Zarif after he was informed about Trump’s victory. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also commented on Trump’s success and said that he expects the next US president to help establish a Palestinian state. “We hope that peace is achieved during his presidency,” said Abbas.

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Iran's Hassan Rouhani Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat released an official statement this morning. He said that the Palestinian Authority hopes that the new US government will support a two-state solution. Erekat added that the region will only know peace and security when a Palestinian state is established in accordance with the 1967 borders.

Abbas Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“We call on American President Donald Trump to reconsider the American policy that is biased in favor of the occupation and to treat the Palestinian people fairly,” stated Hamas. “The suffering of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian issue continues due to the long-standing Americans’ policy that is biased in favor of the Zionist occupation.”

Officials in Turkey welcomed the news of Trump’s victory. The Turkish Foreign Minister even said that his country will “strength its relationship and cooperation with the US.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said that he hopes the outcome of the election will be the start of a new era characterized by a strong relationship between Washington and Cairo.

As reported earlier today by JOL, world leaders congratulated Trump on his victory. The Kremlin said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose name was brought up several times during the election, hopes that the relationship between the two countries will improve under Trump’s leadership.


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