Elections and the Palestinian Political System

This study shows the importance of elections and the presence of the PNA in
part of the homeland. The author suggests that the PNA should develop its
presence and its institutions towards the Palestinian objectives, the ultimate
goal of which is a Palestinian state, and discusses the difficulties that will
arise from turning the transitional PNA into a permanent one. The different secular and religious factions and their differing interests in and reactions to the elections are also examined. The demographic reality of the Palestinians as a nation is addressed - one third being in the homeland while the rest is in the Diaspora - as are the different laws by which the “inside” Palestinians
are governed. In the final chapter, the author puts forward his own ideas on
a future political system and the elected council which should govern it.

Sept. 1, 1994