Who will represent me? I did not vote for the PA

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  1. P F Tinmore
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    For almost two decades, the PA has been assuming that it represents the Palestinian people based on the Oslo accords.

    The PA, however, falls short on the questions of genuine democratic representation.

    The last democratic elections for the PA took place more than five years ago. The refusal by the US and Europe to respect the results of that election has led to the severe fragmentation of both Gaza and the West Bank, leaving Palestinians with two governments, neither of which is representative of the total interests and will of the Palestinian people. It is no wonder that young Palestinians, unable to practice their fundamental democratic right to vote, and all too aware of the follies of the PA, are shouting very fiercely against the PA or even calling for its dissolution.

    This of course delegitimizes any further step the PA takes on behalf of the Palestinian people, for it is not the real representative of the Palestinian people living in Gaza and the West Bank, let alone the already disenfranchised population of Palestinians outside those territories.

    The prospective consequences of the statehood bid are not promising but instead rather risky. Palestinians, of course, are not to blame for distrusting their fragmented leadership after a series of shocking revelations about how the Palestinian cause is being dealt with in negotiation rooms and how much this leadership is ready to offer or concede.

    The fact that the new state is offering no reform of the Palestinian leadership tells how unpromising such a move is. One cannot but imagine the forthcoming state as offering nothing more to the Palestinians than further fragmentation. A state that offers no relief from the current situation on the ground, that is led by the same leadership, that fails to uphold the rights of the Palestinians, sounds like the very definition of insanity.

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    Abbas's government is illegitimate. You would think that the UN would know this. Why would they entertain any proposal from him?

    What would happen if the UN goes for his statehood bid and the people say no? This isn't what we want and he had no authority to make that request.
     
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    who cares
     
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    move. pals are jordanian anyway.
     
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    They have never lived in Jordan.

    It must be an Israel thing.
     
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    transjordan... look it up.

    but jordan doesn't want you either.
     
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    Nope, never lived there.
     
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    ^Then you can represent him PF.
     
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