July 15, 2010

THEY DON'T REPRESENT THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE:

The Palestinians: Who's Afraid of Elections? (Khaled Abu Toameh, June 15, 2010, Hudson)

Many Palestinians who have condemned the decision as undemocratic and illegal say that the real reason behind the cancellation of the vote is Abbas's fear that his ruling Fatah faction would suffer a humiliating defeat. [...]

[A] party that cannot even hold a municipal election should not be treated as a real partner to anything.

Following Fatah's sixth general assembly in Bethlehem in 2009, some Western and Israeli political analysts started reporting how the faction has gone a long away toward reuniting and reforming itself.

The decision, however, to call off the municipal election in light of deep divisions in the faction proves that all the talk about Fatah "getting its act together" was nothing but wishful thinking.

Fatah continues to be dominated by most of the figures that were responsible for its defeat to Hamas in the last two elections.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 15, 2010 5:05 PM
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