As Hamas makes gains, will Abbas’s ruling party unravel?
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision over the weekend to postpone Palestinian parliamentary elections raised concern immediately about a confrontation with militant Hamas, poised to trounce Mr. Abbas’s ruling Fatah party in a vote scheduled for next month. But after months of promising to hold the elections on July 17, the Palestinian president’s reversal actually highlights the deepening tensions within his own party, analysts and officials say. It’s expected now that the vote will be held this fall. Full Story