Palestinians are hoping that the Biden administration would reverse some of the decisions taken by the Trump administration.
https://www.jpost.com/-By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
They expressed joy over the end of the era of outgoing President Donald Trump, whose administration they had boycotted since December 2017.
The Palestinians believe Friedman and Kushner were responsible for the Trump administration’s “blind bias” in favor of Israel, and that is why they are happy to see the two gone.
“It’s time to turn the page with the US,” one official told The Jerusalem Post. “The past four years were a nightmare for the Palestinians. The Trump administration was one of the most hostile governments toward the Palestinians.”
According to the official, the Palestinians hope the Biden administration will reverse some of the decisions taken by the Trump administration.
“We have already received assurances that the Biden administration intends to reopen the PLO diplomatic mission in Washington, DC, and resume financial aid to the Palestinians and the United Nations Work and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees [UNRWA],” the official said. “This would be a good start.”
“What is important for us is that we will see a more balanced and rational policy from Washington toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” another Palestinian official told the Post. “Unlike Trump, the Biden administration will revive the two-state solution and oppose settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.”
The Palestinians are also confident that the Biden administration will abandon Trump’s plan for Mideast peace, known as the “Deal of the Century,” and prevent Israel from carrying out any plan to apply Israeli sovereignty to portions of the West Bank. The Palestinian leadership had denounced Trump’s plan as a conspiracy aiming to “liquidate the Palestinian cause and national rights.”
Although some Palestinians have warned against pinning high hopes on the Biden administration, others say the PA leadership has in the past two months received “encouraging messages” from the president-elect’s associates.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas, for his part, is said to be excited about renewing his contacts with Washington. A source close to Abbas said the recent decision to call for new general elections was designed to send a message to the Biden administration that the Palestinian leadership is serious about implementing reforms and holding long-overdue elections.
Abbas, the source said, hopes the Biden administration will endorse his plan to hold an international conference for peace in the Middle East. Abbas, in addition, hopes the Biden administration will exert pressure on Israel to halt all settlement activities and adhere to international resolutions pertaining to the Israeli-Arab conflict, the source added.