PA Will Pospone Elections Again
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday October 11, 2005
Palestinian Authority Parliament elections scheduled for January will probably be postponed - again.
Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas were supposed to meet today. They did not. No Surprise there.
Abbas cannot meet. He has nothing to offer, he only has demands. If Abbas leaves the meeting with nothing he is a failure. Sharon is not going to give much more until there is Palestinian quiet and that requires time and energy and organized attacks against Hamas. Not likely.
Abbas cannot bring himself to crack down other than some token gestures. He hopes that the momentum will naturally shift in his direction. Palestinian police are out but not in force and even incapable of protecting themselves.