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Palestinian premier: Trump reelection would be a disaster

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The Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority said that President Trump’s reelection would be disastrous for his people on Tuesday.

“If we are going to live another four years with President Trump, God help us, God help you and God help the whole world,” Mohammad Shtayyeh said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Shtayyeh said that he hoped a victory for former Vice President Joe Biden (D) in November would instead raise the prospects of a peace deal.

“If things are going to change in the United States I think this will reflect itself directly on the Palestinian-Israeli relationship,” he reportedly continued. “And it will reflect itself also on the bilateral Palestinian-American relationship.”

The comments follows a series of moves by the Trump administration that have damaged U.S.-Palestinian relations, including the decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as well as a peace plan offered by the White House that was swiftly rejected by Palestinian leaders.

Palestinian diplomatic offices in Washington have also shuttered under the Trump administration and millions of dollars in aid to Palestinian refugees has ended under Trump’s presidency.

Palestinian leaders typically refrain from commenting on presidential elections.

Biden earlier this year came out against the annexation of Palestinian land by Israeli authorities, calling it a threat to peace in the region.

“I do not support annexation,” Biden told members of the American Jewish community during a virtual fundraiser, according to a transcript reviewed by The Hill.

“The fact is, I will reverse Trump’s undercutting of peace,” he added at the May event.

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