(JNS.org) The Palestinian Authority (PA) has postponed the municipal elections for an additional four months, after the PA High Court ruled on Tuesday the elections will only take place in Judea and Samaria, not the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
A Hamas spokesman criticized the court’s decision saying the ruling “divides the Palestinian people” and the terror group Hamas “will consult with other factions on how to confront it,” Haaretz reported.
Nearly a month ago, the PA High Court suspended what would have been the first democratic elections between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and their rival, the Islamist terror group Hamas. The elections were expected to be held in October.
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, welcomed the PA’s decision urging “all Palestinian bodies to work together in good faith to overcome internal divisions and democracy.”