Palestinian Elections: A Key to a Return to Negotiations of a Peace with Israel?

 

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On January 15, President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree to hold three elections this year:  Palestinian Legislative Council on Saturday, 22/05/2021, President of the State of Palestine on Saturday, 31/07/2021, the Palestinian National Council on 31/08/2021

 

This follows several statements of intention he has expressed in a recent past. The first aim is no doubt to restore the legitimacy of the Palestinian leadership in the eyes of Palestinian and international public opinion. Will this move if successful lead to a revival of negotiations for a peace deal with Israel? Quite a lot of skepticism and obstacles will have to be overcome on the road.