Postponing palestinian elections
A prominent Israeli writer said on Saturday that postponing the general Palestinian elections was not a national effort, but rather evidence that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is closer to Israel than to the Palestinians.
According to Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who wrote for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Abbas' decision to postpone the elections demonstrates that he is more committed to Israel's interests than his predecessors.
"Parliamentary elections are poor for the president and the Palestinian Authority's unelected officials," Hass wrote, noting that Abbas and his Fatah allies: "Sanctify the fictitious status quo (security cooperation with Israel) in order to maintain control over West Bank enclaves."
Hass claims that Abbas pays attention to his associates' advice because they "are more loyal to Israel's interests to maintain the status quo and avoid any surprises or adjustments."
According to Abbas' aides, Israel's rejection of the elections is superior to their people's eagerness to participate in the democratic process.
She pointed out that the status quo is constantly shifting, and it is shifting in favor of Israel's ownership of Palestinian homes and property, not Palestinian interests.
The "false" status quo allows Fatah to control the West Bank's economic, administrative, and political enclaves, as well as allow unelected officials and Abbas to enforce their control by appointing those who are loyal to them.
According to Hass, commitment to security cooperation ensures a certain level of stability in the region, which is manifested in the form of international grants.
This stability, she explains, is necessary for many countries that provide assistance to the PA, including the United States and European Union countries, because it is implemented at the cost of Palestinians and their rights.
Hass concludes her article by stating that senior Fatah and PA officials' silence, which has always lauded popular resistance, exposes their hypocrisy, emphasizing their praise for popular resistance.
The decision to postpone the elections has shown that Fatah's leadership is uninterested in popular opposition and, more importantly, in the people who support it.