"General elections" are the most mentioned topic in the Palestinian streets nowadays as the Israeli side has yet to answer an official Palestinian request to allow for holding parliamentary and presidential elections in occupied East Jerusalem.
In his annual speech before the U.N. General Assembly in September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas voiced his intention to call for general elections in the Palestinian territories. Abbas' speech was followed by shuttle diplomacy conducted by Palestinian Electoral Commission head Hanna Naser between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. His efforts were aimed at bringing the views of Palestinian rivals, Fatah and Hamas, together before heading to the general polls.
Hamas, via many of its spokesmen, said they were "well prepared" for any elections and called for simultaneous parliamentary and presidential polls, with its leader Ismail Haniyyeh affirming that the electoral commission that his group – Gaza Strip's de facto ruler – would do everything possible to secure their position in the blockaded coastal enclave.
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