- Title: Palestinians concerned after Trump's victory
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: JERICHO, WEST BANK (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANISTATION (PLO), SAEB EREKAT, NEAR HIS HOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANISTATION, SAEB EREKAT, SAYING: "Well, the United States is not a country of moods of individuals, it's a country that's specificies it's foreign policy in accordance with its interests. And as I told you, for both the Republicans and the Democrats, realising the two-state solution under the 1967 lines is a higher national American interest and I think this will continue." HEBRON, WEST BANK (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AND CARS IN HEBRON STREETS MAN BUYING NEWS PAPER VARIOUS OF ARABIC NEWSPAPER HEADLINES ABOUT ELECTION IN THE UNITED STATES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JAWDE A-NATSHE, HEBRON RESIDENT, SAYING: ''Of course it will affect us the most, the Palestinians, the Palestinian people. The Palestinian issue will be put in a freezer for another four years, until some other dog will rule America." MORE OF CARS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HANI JAMIL ABU HAIKAL, HEBRON RESIDENT, SAYING: "As Palestinians, the victory of Trump is a shock for us, because we know he will use this victory to ruin and destroy the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ABDEL KAMIL KAWASME, HEBRON RESIDENT, SAYING: "Since the era of (former US Presidents) Bill Clinton, George Bush senior and Junior, until Obama, there has been no progress in the Palestinian cause, no progress at all, especially for the Palestinian people. And any American president who will be elected won't make any progress with the Palestinian cause or anything." HEBRON STREET
- Embargoed: 24th November 2016 08:27
- Keywords: Palestinians West Bank Palestinian Authority Saeb Erekat
- Location: HEBRON, JERICHO, WEST BANK
- City: HEBRON, JERICHO, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Reuters ID: LVA00157Q3P6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Palestinians on Wednesday (November 9) voiced concern over the victory of Republican Donald Trump in US Presidential election, which ended eight years of Democratic rule and sent the United States on a new, uncertain path.
Trump has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month that if elected, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, marking a potential dramatic shift in U.S. policy.
While Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, only few other countries accept that. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
While Secretary-General of the PLO, Saeb Erekat, told Reuters that the two-state solution was a lasting American interest, Palestinians in the West Bank said Trump's victory would damage their cause.
''Of course it will affect us the most, the Palestinians, the Palestinian people. The Palestinian issue will be put in a freezer for another four years, until some other dog will rule America," said Jawde A-Natshe from Hebron.
During last month's meeting with Trump, the Republican candidate's campaign said he agreed with Netanyahu that peace in the Middle East could only be achieved when "the Palestinians renounce hatred and violence and accept Israel as a Jewish State."
A wealthy real-estate developer and former reality TV host, Trump rode a wave of anger toward Washington insiders to win the White House race against heavily favoured Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate whose gold-plated establishment resume includes stints as a first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
His win raises a host of questions for the United States at home and abroad. During the campaign, Trump said he would make America great again through the force of his personality, negotiating skill and business acumen. He proposed refusing entry to the United States of people from war-torn Middle Eastern countries, a modified version of an earlier proposed ban on Muslims.
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