Local Palestinian elections across the West Bank and Gaza were scheduled to take place next month, but they have been suspended. On this week’s POMEPS podcast, scholar Diana Greenwald explains that, while elections are frequently canceled or postponed in the Palestinian territories, “This was set to be a significant one because both Fatah and Hamas were set to compete against each other for the first time since 2006.”
“It’s largely being seen by observers as a means by Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank, to postpone— or even cancel— this vote to avoid an embarrassing loss at the polls.”
Greenwald is a doctoral student in comparative politics at the University of Michigan where she focuses on the politics of revenue mobilization in transitional settings, including new states, aspiring states, and conflict/post-conflict states. Greenwald was a 2012 recipient of our POMEPS Travel-Research-Engagement grant.
“We can’t look to local elections as a driver of change at a larger level in the conditions of the conflict. I think anyone who is framing these as a ‘release valve’ for the Palestinian public to blow off steam and forget about the larger issues surrounding them is probably mistaken.”