A free and fair Palestinian election is the best answer to the occupation, because it will establish a legitimate government and President with the authority to speak for Palestine and stand up to Israel. If Hamas don't participate for fear of being thrashed at the ballot box, it leaves them as an unelected and illegitimate regime in Gaza and that can only be a temporary extension to their rule, as their funds from the EU and Arab League will quickly dry up. If Israel again arrests elected West Bank MPs it doesn't like, that will rebound on Israel big style from a hostile international community. Not least, the Palestinian people deserve their say in a free election, whatever the antics of Hamas and Israel to disrupt it.
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from the article: Hamas fears Palestinian elections could expose its waning popularity