The Palestinian Authority does not officially announce its position on the U.S. elections, as that is "an internal matter," but off the record at their headquarters in Ramallah this is not the case.Meanwhile, Lebanese-Americans in Hezbollah country seem to like Obama as well.
According to informed sources in Ramallah, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are both hoping for an Obama victory despite his pro-Israel statements. Those statements, according to media sources, are meant to earn the approval of the Israelis and the Jewish lobby in the United States.
The sources said that during their last meeting, Barack Obama emphasized to Abbas and Fayyad the right of the Palestinians to East Jerusalem, and their right to a stable, sovereign state.
Hamas stated that the comparison between Obama and McCain are a "choice between bad and worse" in terms of foreign policy issues with the upcoming Arab and Islamic world, particularly the Palestinian issue.
Like other Lebanese-Americans in the Hizbullah bastion of Bint Jbeil, Hussein al-Sayyed speaks fondly of the American way of life and says he plans to cast his vote for Barack Obama.
The United States and its regional ally Israel consider Hizbullah to be a terrorist organization responsible for many attacks on Westerners and Israelis.
"I'll vote for Obama, that's for sure," Sayyed, a Shiite 48-year-old restaurant owner and fan of the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, told Agence France Presse ahead of Tuesday's U.S. presidential election.