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The Elections in the United States: a Middle Eastern Perspective

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“Donald Trump – the true face of the United States”, “The Arabs and the new American Administration”, “Biden, Arabs, and the Gulf”. These and similar headlines are interspersed in the flow of materials that have appeared in the Middle Eastern media about the situation with suspending the results following the American elections, and their influence on the configuration of forces at play in the region.

Quite a few analysts see this as symptoms of new trends coming to the surface in political life overseas in comparison with past times. In the opinion of former Palestinian minister Ibrahim Abrash, this represents an increase in polarization among citizens with different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and the rise of mutual hostility and hatred, with the specter of clashes looming in a number of states. They are taking note of how among representatives from the Muslim community and various minorities in the United States there is a high proportion of people that were involved in the elections. Their participation played a decisive role in the elections in certain states.

Trump put forward and defended his right-wing, conservative ideas, which were largely supported by certain segments of the population that were concerned about change. In his first election, he presented an alternative, and revenge for people with conservative viewpoints who felt humiliated after the country was ruled by a president that was not white. In addition, the departure of the “Communist threat” in the form of the USSR – the talking point around which both the Democrats and Republicans used to rally, has helped weaken this consensus. Many who voted for Biden were not delighted with his program and campaign promises, but acted........

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