'If there are elections, Hamas will win'
If there are elections in the 'Palestinian Authority, warns former Fatah minister Nabil Amr, Hamas will win
Abbas has announced that he would like to hold elections on May 4. However, many Palestinians are skeptical that he would be able to hold the vote, largely due to the ongoing dispute between Hamas and Fatah.
Fatah has come under criticism for failing to draw conclusions from its defeat to Hamas in the 2006 parliamentary election.
Since the Hamas victory, Fatah has failed to come up with a new list of candidates.
Moreover, internal squabbling between Fatah’s young guard and veteran leaders continues to undermine the faction’s credibility in the eyes of many Palestinians.
Last week, Amr and several Fatah leaders held consultations in Jordan to discuss ways of avoiding another electoral defeat to Hamas, as was the case in the last parliamentary vote.
“Yes, we are concerned,” Amr said in an interview with the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper. “Unless the situation in Fatah changes, what happened in the past could occur once again.”
He pointed out that Fatah had lost not only in the parliamentary election, but also in elections for local councils and some unions.
Amr said that an “overwhelming majority” in Fatah believes there’s a need for changes in the faction.
He revealed that several top Fatah representatives have appealed to Abbas to hold an emergency conference to “reorganize the internal affairs of Fatah.”
Amr said there was also growing concern that many disillusioned Fatah members would not vote in favor of their faction in the next elections.
He also expressed concern over the “negative attitudes” voiced by many Palestinians towards the PA leadership.
Referring to the current Israeli-Palestinian talks in Amman, the top Fatah official said that many Palestinians feel that the PA leadership has not been sincere about its true intentions.
He pointed out that in the eyes of many Palestinians, their leaders have abandoned their demand for a cessation of settlement construction.
Not that there's a whole lot of difference between Fatah and Hamas - both want to destroy Israel but they differ on the methods to be adopted - but I'll bet you bought into that mainstream media crap that most 'Palestinians' want peace and a 'two-state solution.' Well, they don't. And they'd rather not discuss it.
Labels: direct talks, Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, Palestinian elections 2012