Analysts think it may be too early for de-escalation to succeed, as the sides first both need to forge a narrative of victory.
Category: Abbas, Mahmoud
The president came to office seeing little opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He may now be forced to get more involved.
President Mahmoud Abbas said elections could not take place unless Israel allowed voting in East Jerusalem. But privately, he also fears a poor result for his party, officials said.
Many Israelis feel numbed by their endless election cycle. Many Palestinians are excited about a rare chance to vote — but others expect little change without statehood.
Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.
The decree by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was viewed by analysts as a bid to lift his standing with the Biden administration. Skeptics expressed doubt the vote would happen.