A spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement has expressed the wish for newly re-elected President Obama to be more "impartial" in the Middle East peace process. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said that the president has the chance to change his foreign policy as a second-term incumbent of the White House.
"America must stop siding with Israel on every single issue against the interests of the Palestinians and Arabs," he added.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), meanwhile, has congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election victory. Senior PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat told the local media in Palestine that he hopes that Obama's second term of office will be a time of "peace, stability and democracy".
Erekat also said that he hopes President Obama will help achieving a two state solution, with Israel withdrawing to the 1967 borders. He too pointed out that this is possible for a second term president. "We ask Obama to stop Israel's settlements and other violations, not to oppose Palestinian efforts for non-member status at the UN," he said.