Photo: Rally in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
The upcoming Palestinian elections are of course positive from a democratic point of view. But how should any democracy respond when it becomes clear through surveys and studies that a terrorist organization is likely to win at the polls? And we’re not talking about just the Gaza Strip, but the entire Palestinian Authority, which includes Judea and Samaria. On May 22, Palestinians will go to the polls for the first time in 15 years to vote for their Legislative Council (parliament) and then again on July 31 to select a president.
Current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), Nadav Argaman, met in March at Abbas’ private residence in Ramallah. It was a tense 90-minute conversation, highlights of which Israel’s Channel 11 News revealed this week.
Argaman: “You cannot hold elections if Hamas also runs.”
Abbas: “I don’t work for you.”
Argaman: “Be careful, Hamas will win the elections.”