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Israel Bans Voting in E. Jerusalem
Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News
GAZA CITY, 22 December 2005 — Mahmoud Abbas’ aides talked yesterday about the possibility of postponing Jan. 25 Parliament elections, citing Israel’s decision to ban voting in Jerusalem.
Postponing or even canceling the Jan. 25 Palestinian parliamentary election could serve the interests of Abbas and the Israelis, but both sides dismissed speculation that they were in this together.
Hamas, entering a parliamentary race for the first time, expects to capitalize on internal bickering that has split Abbas’ Fatah party. Israel is alarmed at the possibility that Hamas could do well in the voting or even win.