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Supporters of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al-Ahrar movement protest against Palestinian Authority leader Mahmud Abbas in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on May 2, 2017. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

After Abbas cancels elections, relations between Fatah and Hamas set to deteriorate

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The decision last week by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to “delay” elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council—and, by all intents and purposes, to cancel them altogether—marked the start of a new phase of deteriorating relations...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sept. 3, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Abbas signals postponement of Palestinian elections, provoking Hamas

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas signaled on Thursday that Palestinian elections, which were scheduled for May 22, would be indefinitely delayed, a move that has angered the Hamas terror group that was preparing to...
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and United States Gilad Erdan. Source: Screenshot.

Erdan to UN Security Council: Time to focus Mideast debate on Iranian threat

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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan castigated the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for failing to address Iran’s behavior while wasting its time on endless discussions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Iran’s relentless attempts...
Israeli Knesset member Mansour Abbas (left) and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Credits: Knesset and kremlin.ru.

Mansour Abbas, Mahmoud Abbas and the ‘Abraham Effect’

Israel’s March 2021 parliamentary elections and those scheduled for the Palestinian Authority on May 22, 2021, in the West Bank have focused international attention on two Arab leaders: Mansour Abbas, leader of Israel’s United...
Nabil Shaath, commissioner for external relations of the Fatah movement, in his office in Ramallah on Jan. 18, 2012. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Report: Abbas adviser says PA elections delayed if voting not allowed in Jerusalem

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A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has said that Palestinian elections will be delayed if Israel does not allow voting in eastern Jerusalem, Lebanese media reported on Tuesday. “If Israel continues to...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas seen during a tour in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 15, 2020. Photo by Flash90

Palestinian elections could jeopardize Fatah’s rule in the West Bank

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Should Palestinian elections go ahead in the territories, Fatah’s rule in the West Bank could be significantly jeopardized, an Israeli expert on the Palestinian arena has warned. Michael Milshtein, head of the Palestinian Studies Forum...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sept. 3, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Why is Abbas trying to bully Israel on eastern Jerusalem?

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The Palestinian Authority has launched an international campaign to force Israel to allow eastern Jerusalem residents to participate in P.A. parliamentary elections on May 22, 2021. At a meeting of the Palestinian government, P.A. Prime...
Palestinian children look at the image of PLO chief Yasser Arafat and terrorist Marwan Barghouti during a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip calling for the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails on Oct. 6, 2011. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Marwan Barghouti to run against Mahmoud Abbas’s faction on separate ticket

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Convicted Palestinian arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his involvement in deadly terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians during the Second Intifada, will run his own list of candidates against members...
Former Palestinian Authority security chief Mahmoud Dahlan speaks with Saudi Arabia's Al-Arabiya Network on March 17, 2021. (MEMRI)

Abbas rival Mohammed Dahlan calls PA leader’s 15-year presidency ‘a big fat zero’

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s political rival Mahmoud Dahlan vowed in a recent interview that Abbas would not be the only candidate in the upcoming Palestinian presidential elections. In an interview that aired on Saudi...
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh attends a groundbreaking ceremony for the Rafah Medical Complex in the southern Gaza Strip on Nov. 23, 2019. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Hamas head supports ‘popular resistance’ to gain legitimacy ahead of Palestinian elections

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By Y. Yehoshua The Palestinian daily Al-Quds, based in eastern Jerusalem, recently published an article by Hamas politburo head Ismail Haniyeh aimed at “clarifying Hamas’s position on and vision of” the upcoming Palestinian elections. The Palestinian Authority...