Hamas’s Popularity Suggests That Palestinian Elections Will Legitimate Islamism

April 22 2021

On May 22, the Palestinian Authority (PA) plans to hold elections for its legislative council (PLC); these are to be followed by presidential elections on July 31 and then, a month later, elections for the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the quasi-parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The last PA elections, held in 2006, led to a Hamas victory in the legislative council, a brief civil war, and the Islamists group’s takeover in Gaza. While it remains possible that the current PA president, Mahmoud Abbas, might find an excuse to cancel the elections, he may have painted himself into a corner. Elliott Abrams believes it likely that Hamas will do very well in the upcoming elections, and fears a repeat of 2006:

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The Current Negotiations Won’t Stop Iran from Getting Nuclear Weapons

While the Biden White House is committed to restoring the 2015 agreement to restrain the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, Tehran’s behavior since the deal was concluded should be sufficient to demonstrate that it had no intention of keeping to its terms, argues Elliott Abrams:

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More about: Iran, Iran nuclear program, Joseph Biden, U.S. Foreign policy