Palestinian elections in the West Bank and Gaza loom, which has members of P.A. chief Mahmoud Abbas' party very worried. The Times of Israel reports that Fatah members fear that their terrorist rival Hamas will prove victorious once the votes are counted:
Officials in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party have reportedly called on him to cancel upcoming municipal elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, fearing that rival jihadist group Hamas will secure an overwhelming victory.
Fatah and Hamas are locked in a high-stakes struggle ahead of the October 8 vote. Abbas’s Fatah movement currently holds power in the West Bank, where he heads the Palestinian Authority, while Hamas has ruled Gaza since it ousted Fatah in a bloody 2007 coup. A year earlier, in elections for the Palestinian parliament, Hamas won 74 of 132 seats, and Fatah just 45.
Channel 2 television reported Friday that leading Fatah officials have told Abbas that they face defeat to Hamas in the West Bank and that this will mean “the destruction” of Fatah.
The report also said that members of the PA security forces are trying to intimidate some Hamas candidates in the West Bank into ending their election bids...