The arrival of the controversial Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States seems to be something the whole world will need a period of time to understand and analyze. Although the hypothesis of Trump as a president was existing from the beginning, but it seems like it was a “black night mare” that no one wished to happen.
Some capitals began already to reconsider its positions and examine the consequences of this arrival. Arabs and Muslims are holding their breath nowadays and anticipating the way Trump would deal with them and their critical cases.
With a deep look to his statements and promises during his election campaign, there are several critical points for Arabs and Muslims. What is going to change for them when Trump enters the White house next January?
Muslims ban from entering the United States
President-elect Trump said frequently during his election campaign that he will prevent Muslims from entering the United States if he is elected a president. His statement last December about “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” raised tidal wave inside the United States and abroad.
If the president-elect is really serious about his statement, this would be contradicting the US Constitution, which opposes discrimination of citizens on the basis of ethnic or religious assets.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict
Trump’s prospective regarding the Palestinian issue makes many Arabs uncomfortable. Trump seems to be less enthusiastic than Obama to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and to bring both sides again to negotiations. This was obvious after a statement made the Israeli minster of education when he said the election of Trump as a president means the ear of a Palestinian state is over. Israel expressed explicitly its satisfaction for Trump’s triumph. Moreover, The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Trump as a true friend for Israel, and reminded him by his promise during his election campaign of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This would be offensive to many Arabic countries.
The Syrian issue
What policy Trump will adopt towards the Syrian conflict? Trump said during the second presidential debate with Hilary Clinton that his priority is to fight terrorism, and he doesn’t’ like Al-Assad but Assad is killing ISIS. Does this means a change in the US deal with the Syrian president? Will the rapprochement between Trump and Vladimir Putin have an impact on the United States’ desire to overthrow the Al-Assad regime and its support to the Syrian Free Army? Taking into consideration Russia has never give up its Syrian ally and will continue to support Al-Assad politically and militarily. As for Iraq, Trump’s prospective seems to be vague except that his will to eliminate ISIS everywhere.
There is a raising point of view in the Middle East nowadays saying that if Donald Trump stands with Russia in the Syrian conflict, then he will inevitably stands with the Iranians. This is really confusing matter in the Middle East as Trump called the US nuclear agreement disastrous” and said he will “rip it up” according to his statements.
Egypt, The biggest Arabic winner
In the time most of Arabic capitals were on shock of Trump’s victory, Cairo was in “Jubilation” and why not? Trump said the Egyptian president is “a fantastic guy” and there is a “common chemistry” between them. Trump added that Al-Sisi will be his ally in the Middle East, because he is influent in fighting terrorism.
Trump also vowed to work on a legislation designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The Muslim Brotherhood is the sworn enemy of Al-Sisi regime and he ousted them from power in 2013.