Postponement of the upcoming Palestinian Authority elections on 22 May for the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) seems virtually assured with the report from an “unnamed US source” that Washington would not object to any such postponement.
The potential boost to Hamas’s power in winning this election at the expense of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) would spell the death knell for the creation of an independent Palestinian State located in all of Gaza, Judea and Samaria (aka 'West Bank') and East Jerusalem (“target area”).
Amazingly this failed solution still continues to be pushed by the international community 40 years after the Venice Declaration first embraced it.
President Trump’s plan to create another Arab State in about 70% - rather than 100% - of the target area - was effectively discarded by President Biden from the day he became President – rewarding the PLO for its unequivocal rejection of Trump’s proposal by resuming much of America’s financial largesse to the PLO and international organisations withdrawn by Trump.
Particularly shareworthy has been Biden’s failure to demand that the PLO end its “pay for slay policy” that rewards the killing and maiming of Jews with substantial payments to the perpetrators or their families – currently running in excess of $300 million per annum.
In agreeing to postpone the May 22 PLC elections - Biden is trying to keep alive the failed 40 years-old “two-state solution” that realistically has never had any chance of succeeding.
The PLC first met on 7 March 1996. Under the 1995 Oslo II Accord, the powers and responsibilities of the PLC are independence in civil matters and internal security in Area A of the 'West Bank' and Gaza, while in Area B they are restricted to civil affairs with security matters being shared with Israel. In Area C, Israel has full control.
The 2006 election for the second PLC was the last PLC election held. Hamas and Hamas-affiliated members won 74 of the 132 seats – whilst its main rival – Fatah – the dominant faction in the PLO - won 43 of the remaining 58 seats.
There seems little prospect of Hamas being overhauled if the May elections are held.
The PLO refusal to accept the 2006 election result saw the bitter internecine Hamas–Fatah split in 2007 with the PLC ceasing to function ever since.
The logos adopted by both Hamas and Fatah for the upcoming PLC elections indicate Hamas and the PLO – and many others - are still not prepared to abandon their claims to wipe Israel off the map –Palestine Media Watch pointing out:.
“The logos that are being used by the 36 parties in the PA parliamentary elections are a window to aspects of Palestinian ideology and goals.
- 11 of the lists include in their logos the PA map of “Palestine” that erases all of the State of Israel and includes it in “Palestine.”
- The two dominant Palestinian Arab political movements, Fatah of Mahmoud Abbas that is the major party ruling the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas, that rules the Gaza Strip, include the map of “Palestine” that erases Israel.
- Fatah's logo also includes two rifles and a grenade, indicating that the goal of liberation of “Palestine,” i.e., the destruction of Israel, will be through military means.
- The Future party of Muhammad Dahlan -- a Fatah breakaway - likewise uses the map.
The following are the names of the 11 political parties and logos that include the PA map of “Palestine” that erases Israel and includes it in “Palestine.”
A picture is worth a 1000 words.
Biden’s foray into resolving the 100-years old Arab-Jewish conflict has got off to a disastrous start.
Author’s note: The cartoon — commissioned exclusively for this article — is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators — whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades.