Don't back down! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben
    • 17.02.11 | 18:10 (IST)

    This is Abbas' only option. Hold elections on "schedule" and force Hamas to interfere in the people's right to be represented in government. Hamas has an untenable situation; they have become a military dictatorship in Gaza overstepping the legitimate electoral victory (which, like Abbas', has long since expired. Abbas was elected in Jan 2005 and Hamas in Jan 2006, each to a four year terms). Hamas are claiming that the Palestinian people DO NOT have the right to vote for their own representatives until reunification and in the same breath they say that they will not reunify with Fatah (unless their impossible demands are met). The Gazans can't be so stupid as to not realize that Hamas is using their dictatorial control of Gaza to avoid facing elections. By the way, their claim that elections must FOLLOW reconciliation doesn't make any sense either. In democracy, we elect leaders BEFORE big decisions are made so that the people have the ability to weigh in. That way, Gazans could vote on whether they want to reunify with the West Bank, maybe they would choose not to under the current circumstances (although I doubt that is the wish of the people), it's their choice. Welcome to Democracy.

    from the article: Abbas threatens to delay elections if Hamas refuses voting in Gaza
    First published 13:57 17.02.11 | Last updated 13:57 17.02.11
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