Abbas engages in more empty talk. He did it before, but this does not stop him from a repeat performance. In order to have elections both in the West Bank and Gaza, an agreement by both governments (which don't recognize each other for perfectly legal reasons) must be held. It cannot be achieved in a unilateral step by one side. This is basic. And since Abbas does not intend to run for re-election, it should now be easier to achieve such an agreement. Instead of empty talk, Abbas should talk to Hamas, and both sides should agree on an appropriate time for elections. Indeed, I believe September might be a bit early. The UN is expected to recognize a Palestinian state this September/October. Holding national elections after that would make sense. And the time now should be spent on reconciliation and amending the constitution to the satisfaction of both sides. The present split shows that there is a need for amendments.
Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear (AP)
from the article: Palestinian cabinet quits in bid to stave off unrest gripping Arab world