Palestine: Bring on the elections

The real test of democracy is not the first election, it’s the second. The world must demand that the Palestinians get to vote again.

February 6, 2013 13:27
4 minute read.
Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas 521. (photo credit: Marc Israël Sellem )


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Democracy continues to be manifestly absent in the “State of Palestine" - while Israel's choice for its next prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is engaged in the usual machinations involved in putting a coalition together to govern Israel for the next four years.

The 2003 Bush Roadmap For Peace – supposedly still the basis on which the long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (extant since 3 January 2013) were being conducted – was uncompromising in its final destination: 


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