Palestinians are eager to turn a new page after four years of the Trump administration in Washington, which undermined the whole Palestinian cause. Trump let Israel's right-wing government do as it pleased, and gave its illegal activities a veneer of acceptability.
Joe Biden's election win was thus welcomed, not least by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who saw it as a step towards advancing a peaceful solution for Palestine-Israel. However, Dr Yara Hawari, senior analyst at the Palestinian Policy Network, Al-Shabaka, pointed out that Trump's policies were really just Washington's traditional stance on Palestine, with full and unconditional support for the state of Israel.
"US foreign policy has been consistent in being pro-Israel, whether it's been the Republican or the Democrat Party in control," Hawari told me. "The Trump administration wasn't a break from this policy. It was certainly cruder in style and facilitated the acceleration of the colonisation of Palestine, but it wasn't necessarily a huge break from US foreign policy."
To expect Biden, a self-proclaimed Zionist, to change anything or compensate for the damage that his predecessor did is "overly optimistic," she explained. The new US president has a history of supporting Israel's aggression against the Palestinians.
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