Hamas on Wednesday urged US president-elect Donald Trump to “bring justice to the Palestinians.”
Speaking to reporters in Gaza, the Islamist group spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said: “The Palestinian people is not very much concerned about the changes in American policies towards the Palestinian cause because such a policy is constant and is based on bias in favor of the Israeli occupation. However, we urge the American President to re-evaluate this policy and to work on bringing justice to the Palestinians.”
Trump has told 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 US 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.
Trump’s 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.