By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2011
Palestinians will be denied their first opportunity to elect their leaders in five years if Hamas refuses to allow voting in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said today.
Palestinian Authority elections are set to take place this July, a year after they were postponed because the terrorist organisation refused to participate.
But a Hamas spokesman has already signalled the group’s decision to block this year’s vote.
Mr Abbas said: “Unless we are capable of holding elections in both the West Bank and Gaza, then we will not hold elections."