Jan. 1, 2018
- Israel Has Not Disenfranchised the Arabs – Lt.-Col. (ret.) Peter Lerner
Anti-Israel activists have claimed that as Israel once again heads for elections, millions of Palestinians are disenfranchised. That claim is false.
Ever since the Oslo Accords, 98% of the Palestinian population in the territories enjoys self-governance. They have a Palestinian Legislative Council with 132 elected officials. This is the body the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza are supposed to vote for, not for the Knesset. The last election took place in 2006, with Hamas winning the election, resulting in an unbridgeable internal Palestinian deadlock.
Israel’s Arab population is a vibrant, vocal element of Israeli society and is expected to have the third largest party in the next Knesset. The writer is a former IDF spokesman. (Jerusalem Post)