A senior Palestinian Authority official on Thursday said the regime of US-backed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is pulling for Democratic candidate Barack Obama to win the upcoming US presidential election.
PA Planning Minister Samir Abdullah told reporters on a visit to Tokyo that the assumption in Ramallah is that Obama will win the election, and once inaugurated will immediately set in motion the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian Arab state on the biblical Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria.
"[Obama] promised that he will not wait until the end of his term to launch negotiations and he will make it happen from day one," said Abdullah, referring to current US President George W. Bush's unfulfilled promise to oversee the birth of "Palestine" during his time in office.
Israel's leadership has expressed a willingness to give the Palestinian Arabs a state, though they have never exercised sovereignty over any part of the Middle East, but are reluctant to do so until the Palestinian Authority proves itself capable of effectively ruling and preventing its citizens from attacking the Jewish state.
Palestinian leaders hope the next US president will pressure Israel to surrender Judea and Samaria even without those obligations being met.