Pro-Hamas demonstrators at a rally in Damascus Syria in december 2008 during the Israel-Gaza conflict. CC BY 2.0 Thephotostrand.

Hamas Going Through Election Motions As It Awaits Possible West Bank Chaos

By Yaakov Lappin

The two Palestinian rival governing movements, Fatah and Hamas, are preparing for elections in the coming months, and while it remains unclear whether they will really go ahead, Hamas is awaiting possible chaos in the West Bank, which it could exploit to boost its presence.

Elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council are scheduled for May 22, elections for the Palestinian Authority presidency are due to be held on July 31, and elections for the PLO’s National Counci...