web analytics
September 2, 2014 / 7 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Source: Hamas Gives in to Pressure, Permitting Voter Registry Update, Palestinian Elections Expected on Oct. 20

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Gaza strip de facto Prime Minister Ismael Hanyah (C), during a meeting between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo last February.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Gaza strip de facto Prime Minister Ismael Hanyah (C), during a meeting between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo last February.
Photo Credit: Mohammed al-Hums / Flash 90

Gaza’s Hamas government has given the green light to the Palestinian Central Election Commission (PCEC) to begin updating voter registration data in the Gaza Strip—an electoral requirement not undertaken since the 2006 parliamentary election, in which Hamas received a majority of votes in the PA controlled parts of Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza, according to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

Last Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Turkey’s state-run news agency that efforts to achieve reconciliation between his Fatah party and Hamas have reached “a deadlock.”

Abbas told the Anadolu Agency that Fatah would not unify with Hamas without elections in the PA ruled area of Judea and Samaria and in Gaza.

In the reconciliation treaty they signed in Cairo in May of 2011, Fatah and Hamas agreed to hold elections, but Hamas is refusing to allow the Palestinian Central Elections Commission to update the voter registry in the Gaza Strip.

PCEC president Hanna Nasser described the long-overdue task of updating voter registration data as a first step in the right direction, paving the way to a long overdue election.

“The commission starts its latest operations with an office in each of Gaza’s five governorates,” Nasser said, adding that he expects data collection in both regions to take five weeks.

The new data will include as many as 250,000 eligible but not yet registered voters, according to Nasser.

Initially, the Palestinian Authority announced it would hold elections on Oct. 20, and gave Hamas two weeks to reverse its decision and allow preparations for a vote to take place in Gaza.

“The situation we are in is a deadlock,” Abbas said on Sunday.

Abbas said presidential elections should be held as soon as possible, adding that he would not run for reelection.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an has reported that preparations are underway for a meeting between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo.

Egypt is exerting efforts to hold a meeting between the two political movements and it is expected that Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal would attend, sources told Ma’an.

The meeting is set to take place in Cairo within a few days and the leaders will discuss political reconciliation, the terms of which have still yet to be fully implemented.

Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh met Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi last Thursday in an official visit that signaled a shift in Cairo’s attitude regarding Hamas after the election of a Muslim Brotherhood president.

Haniyeh invited Mursi and the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Badie, to visit the Gaza Strip, a statement said following the meeting.

The Gaza premier said Egypt would change its policy on the Rafah crossing and allow the border to remain open for 12 hours a day.

An Egyptian official confirmed the decision, but added that it would take time before the crossing was ready to handle the increased traffic.

Abbas and Mashaal met separately with the Egyptian president last week in Cairo, with reconciliation talks high on the agenda.

Hamas leader and de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Awad said in May that he hopeed the voter registry update “will be the foundation for ending Palestinian division and that Palestinian citizens will really feel that the reconciliation has begun in light of the new government and the resolution of all outstanding issues.”

According to WRMEA, while Awad said he hoped the PCEC would operate throughout the Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, he was uncertain as to whether Israel would allow it to succeed. He said it was particularly unlikely that ministers affiliated with Islamic Palestinian parties, i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood, would be allowed to travel between Judea and Samaria and Gaza. This is a real concern for many Palestinians, since Israel arrested and jailed most of the elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, along with government ministers.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Source: Hamas Gives in to Pressure, Permitting Voter Registry Update, Palestinian Elections Expected on Oct. 20”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    Hamas won 44.45% of the vote in 2006, not a majority.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
A general view of the Bat Ain community at Gush Etzion.
US Pushes PA Agenda and Tells Israel to Cancel New Gush Etzion Town
Latest News Stories
Lady Gaga defies BDS  again with a show in Tel Aviv  on Sept. 13, 2014.

Maybe Abbas should accuse Lady Ga-Ga of incitement for saying “Shalom.”

British Jew Neil Masterson allegedly punched anti-Semitic MP George Galloway in the face.

The prosecutor says Masterson told police, “I didn’t want him to think I’m scared.”

Young Israeli boy dip apple in honey in tradition with the Rosh HaShanah New Year holiday

Honey cake, gourmet honey, flavored honey, and honey as a recipe in chicken, and even fish, are all expected to contribute to soaring sales of honey this Rosh Hashanah and holiday season. Ironically, the US Department of Agriculture is conducting hearings to define honey or just how much honey is required to qualify for “pure […]

A general view of the Bat Ain community at Gush Etzion.

Abbas does not have to push agenda because he has the Obama administration is his spokesman.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has just released a video showing the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, according to a monitoring group.

Cantor can thank his defeat to a Tea Party candidate for leading him to more lucrative and stable career.

Hamas won the war in political terms, but that won’t stop Kerry.

A farmer in the (legal) Tikkun Olan Cannabis farm near Tzfat. This is one of their greenhouses. The company is licensed by Israel’s Ministry of Health to grow, process and distribute the medicinal plant.

Israeli intelligence sparked a massive manhunt that foiled an Arab terror attack, caught two suspects and kept Israeli civilians safe.

The ‘Talansky affair’ corruption trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert re-opened today in Jerusalem.

Iran has successfully tested a new defensive radar and missile system, its air force chief announced Monday.

Diplomatic relations with Israel are likely to remain in deep freeze for the next few years, Turkish PM Davutoglu signals.

Events on the other side of Israel’s northern border are heating up. The IDF is on high alert in the Golan Heights.

Germany and other western countries have begun providing weapons to Kurds in fight against the IS.

Sept. 1 is a spectacularly important day in Israel.

More Articles from Jacob Edelist
F130210FFMS04

“Over-exposure of security and intelligence activities may seriously harm state security.”

Handle of a footed marble basin decorated with Seilenoi heads, the 1st century BCE.

Lionized as “the greatest builder in human history,” King Herod was also demonized for his cruelty and his shady religious origins.

“We expect continued firing of hundreds of rockets in the coming days.”

The plan is to stagger their recruitment, to allow IDF manpower officials to study the process.

Hamas called the meeting to try and avoid further casualties.

Some of the supervised, ‘bug-free,’ leafy vegetable growers are using higher levels of pesticides than allowed by Health Ministry standards.

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday that Iran has in its possession UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) which are far more advanced than the one which the Hezbollah recently sent into Israel.

Last Sunday, Netanyahu told Likud ministers he plans on adopting part of the report without relating to broad legal interpretations, to avoid international criticism. Still, the proposal will add legal flexibility and remove bureaucratic obstacles, making Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria considerably easier.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-gives-in-to-pressure-permitting-voter-registry-update-palestinian-elections-expected-on-oct-20/2012/07/31/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: