Apr 11, 2021


Hanan Ashrawi,  a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said on Saturday night that the White House is now dominated by right-wing pro-Israelis. It should be noted that she intended this to be a negative comment on the new administration

Ynet, a Hebrew language Israeli news service, reported that Ashrawi bemoaned the right-wing, pro-Israel stance of President Trump’s administration.

Hanan Ashrawi (left) posing with then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton (right) (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

“We used to say there were settlers in the Israeli coalition borne of the far right that detests Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. But today we say there are settlers inside the White House,” she said. “The administration has adopted the extreme Israeli position to the right of [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu which supports the settlements.”

Ashrawi is a non-practicing Anglican Christian. Her statements come just prior to the yet-to-be-scheduled first meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and President Trump.

Though decidedly more pro-Israel than his predecessor, President Trump has not given the green-light to Jewish building in Judea and Samaria. In February, President Trump requested from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he “hold off on settlements for a bit”. Prime Minister Netanyahu complied, telling his security cabinet, “This is a very friendly administration and we need to be considerate of the president’s requests.”