Hamas said the Palestinian Authority is manipulating the general election and lacks seriousness in dealing with this national path.
Spokesman Hazem Qasim said in a statement to Safa news agency: â€śPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas talks about holding general elections without taking any practical step which confirms that the PAâ€™s leadership is still manipulating the elections issue and lacks seriousness in dealing with this national path.â€ť
â€śThe PA leadership must stop being elusive regarding the elections issue and take the required steps by issuing a decree to hold the general elections, and start a collective national movement to extract the right of our people in Jerusalem to participate in the electoral process in all its stages,â€ť Qasim added.
Member of Fatahâ€™s Central Committee, Azzam Al-Ahmad, recently said that â€śit is difficult to hold Palestinian local elections during this periodâ€ť, explaining that the Israeli elections are due to be held in March, and Palestinians must await their results.
The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly warned that if Israel does not allow Palestinian elections to be held in East Jerusalem no polls will be held at all.