Palestinian Official: We Expect Trump to Maintain Anti-Settlement U.S. Policies

A picture shows the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem on March 2, 2009. Israel's housing ministry has plans for West Bank construction that would nearly double the number of settlers in the occupied territory, the anti-settlement group Peace Now said. AFP PHOTO/ AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit …

The Times of Israel reports: The Palestinian Authority believes US President Donald Trump has not abandoned long-held policies in Washington regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a senior Palestinian official reportedly slated to be the next envoy to the US said Monday.

Husam Zomlot, a senior political adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Trump administration had yet to reach out to the PA. But despite the apparent cold shoulder, Ramallah is not taking for granted that Washington will shift under Trump to align with the Israeli right wing, as many have predicted, Zomlot said.

“Our expectation is that the long-held US policies with regards to the illegality of the settlements, the status of Jerusalem and with regards to the contours of the solution will remain,” said Zomlot.

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