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(and we stay in power) 'Palestinian leader Abbas delays first elections in 15 years'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 29, 2021 05:04PM
Mr. Abbas in now in the 15th year of his FOUR year term.


'Postponing the vote over Jerusalem could be seen as a pretext, as only a small number of voters in the city would actually require Israel’s permission and several candidates have suggested workarounds.'

Palestinian leader delays first elections in 15 years
[apnews.com]

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said early Friday that the main factions have agreed to delay the first elections planned in 15 years, citing a dispute with Israel over voting in east Jerusalem.

The decision spares Abbas’ fractured Fatah party from what was widely expected to be another embarrassing defeat to the Islamic militant group Hamas. It will be quietly welcomed by Israel and Western countries, which view Hamas as a terrorist group and are concerned about its growing strength.

But it leaves a political leadership in place that has failed to advance Palestinian hopes for statehood and is seen as increasingly corrupt and authoritarian.

Speaking at the start of the meeting, Abbas focused his remarks on east Jerusalem, where Israel has yet to say whether it would allow voting by mail as in past elections and has enforced a ban on Palestinian Authority activities, including campaign events.

“We will take the proper decision to preserve all our rights in east Jerusalem, our eternal capital, including the right to hold parliamentary elections there,” Abbas said in a lengthy speech before the closed-door part of the gathering.
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Postponing the vote over Jerusalem could be seen as a pretext, as only a small number of voters in the city would actually require Israel’s permission and several candidates have suggested workarounds.
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According to interim peace agreements reached in the 1990s — which were rejected by Hamas — some 6,000 Palestinians in east Jerusalem submit their ballots through Israeli post offices. The other 150,000 can vote with or without Israel’s permission.

Fatah has said the elections cannot be held without Israel giving express permission for east Jerusalem residents to vote. Its opponents have called for creative solutions, such as setting up ballot boxes in schools or religious sites.

But Abbas appeared to rule that out on Thursday, joking that the Palestinians would not vote in “the Hungarian Embassy.”
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Re: (and we stay in power) 'Palestinian leader Abbas delays first elections in 15 years'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 29, 2021 05:10PM
also from above article

'Hamas was expected to perform well in the May 22 parliamentary elections because of widening divisions within Fatah, which has split into three rival lists.'
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'The 85-year-old Abbas and his inner circle of Fatah figures, now in their 60s and 70s, have dominated the Palestinian Authority for nearly two decades. They have failed to advance Palestinian hopes for statehood, heal a 13-year internal rift with Hamas, lift the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza or empower a new generation of leaders.'
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Re: (and we stay in power) 'Palestinian leader Abbas delays first elections in 15 years'
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 30, 2021 05:50AM
Continual conflict produces continual corruption.
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Re: (and we stay in power) 'Palestinian leader Abbas delays first elections in 15 years'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 30, 2021 07:07AM
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cbelt3
Continual conflict produces continual corruption.

They've been corrupt since the early days of Arafat in the early 1950's.

(and you might ask, how come Arafat didn't set up a Palestinian state when the had the West Bank all to themselves 1948-1967?)
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Re: (and we stay in power) 'Palestinian leader Abbas delays first elections in 15 years'
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 30, 2021 07:39AM
AP:

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...the indefinite postponement will be quietly welcomed by Israel and Western countries, which view the Islamic militant group as a terrorist organization and are concerned about its growing strength.

Well, perhaps not everyone in Israel.

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Abbas insisted elections could not be held without the full participation of Palestinians in east Jerusalem. Israel has yet to say whether it would allow voting by mail there as in past elections and has enforced a ban on Palestinian Authority activities, including campaign events.

Banning PA campaign events. Odd. Almost as if someone in Israeli politics wanted Hamas to win - as if someone in Israeli politics would politically benefit from having extremists retain or gain power on the Palestinian side.

dunno smiley
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Re: (and we stay in power) 'Palestinian leader Abbas delays first elections in 15 years'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 30, 2021 10:36AM
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pdq

Banning PA campaign events. Odd. Almost as if someone in Israeli politics wanted Hamas to win - as if someone in Israeli politics would politically benefit from having extremists retain or gain power on the Palestinian side.
dunno smiley

I seriously doubt that anyone in Israel wants to see Hamas become more powerful.
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