The Palestinian Elections: Moving Toward Democracy or One-Party Rule?

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VOL. 25

1995/96

No. 3
P. 5
Articles
The Palestinian Elections: Moving Toward Democracy or One-Party Rule?
ABSTRACT

No sooner had the results of the Palestinian elections been announced than Shimon Peres declared an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital to be a dream. The Israeli prime minister's statements, along with near daily warnings that if the Palestinian covenant was not modified the peace process would come to a halt, underscored the paradox of the Palestinian elections: While elections generally indicate a democratic process, in the Palestinian case a democratic right has been permitted in order to legitimize a political process that could well lead to the perpetuation of Israeli control.

Lamis Andoni is an analyst of Middle Eastern affairs who writes for the Christian Science Monitor.