MIDDLE EAST REACTION ON TRUMP

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-09)

Uncertainty spread across the Middle East following Donald Trump’s US election win, with questions hanging over the war against ISIS group, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear deal.

In some parts of the region the surprise victory was welcomed with calls for Trump to take action, in others it sparked alarm.

But it was unclear what impact Trump’s isolationist views would have on US engagements in the Middle East, adding nore confusion to an already volatile region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed to congratulate Trump on his win, calling him a “true friend” of the Jewish state.

“I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” the right-wing premier said in a statement.

Palestinian reaction to Trump’s win was muted.

“We are ready to deal with the elected president on the basis of a two-state solution and to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders,” Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s spokesman said.

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