2006 Election in Palestine

January 2006 Hamas wins the election

Already in 2002, the United States backed Israel’s claim that Israel could not be negotiated with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, and the Palestinians had to choose a new leadership. This happened after Arafat’s death with the election of Mahmoud Abbas as president in January 2005. However, it did not bring the peace process further. In January 2006, the Palestinians followed the call of the United States and elected a new parliamentary leadership as Hamas gained over 50% of the vote in the parliamentary elections, thus sending Fatah out in the cold. The reason for the landslide victory was not so much a right turn of the Palestinian population as a protest against the heavily corrupt Fatah regime.

Unfortunately, the Western world was not happy with Palestinian democracy. Both the EU and the US have Hamas on their terrorist lists and therefore ceased the already limited assistance to the Palestinians. The economic iron grip was further compounded by Israel, which has severed political and economic ties and withheld the tariff revenues that would flow to Palestinian autonomy.

Following the Israeli elections in April 2006, Hamas political leader Ismail Haniya is inaugurated as Palestinian Prime Minister. The US and the EU have continued to cut off financial support and demand that the Palestinian Hamas government recognize Israel’s existence – knowing that it will not happen. It is noteworthy that the Western world does not make the same demands on Israel. Israel has never recognized Palestine’s right to exist. At the signing of the Oslo Peace Agreement in 1993, Isarel limited to recognizing the PLO. “The Roadmap for Peace”Designed by the United States, the EU, the UN and Russia, and which has been accepted by the Palestinians, talks about the establishment of a Palestinian state have never been accepted by Israel, which has announced that the plan is only recognized in the” principle “and with 40 secret Israeli objections against the plan. Israel does not recognize Palestine and gets over $ 4 billion US $ annually from the US and political support from the EU.

The US and EU political and economic blockade of Palestine was seconded by Israel, introducing a near total trade blockade of Gaza. With the exception of a few other rogue states, the entire world has condemned the Israeli blockade that has created famine-like conditions in the area. Egypt also participates in the blockade, as the Cairo regime fears that a functioning Gaza under Hamas’s leadership will strengthen Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which Hamas originally stems from. Most supplies must therefore be smuggled into Gaza through tunnels below the Egyptian border. Since 2008, international relief organizations have sought to break the blockade by sailing ships with relief aid to Gaza. Almost all ships have been attacked by pirates from the Israeli occupation forces.

As revenge for Israel’s liquidation of a Palestinian minister June 8 and massacre of a family in Gaza June 9, a group two weeks later carried out an attack on an Israeli military post, killing 2 Israeli soldiers and arresting 1 who was returned to Gaza. The Israeli government immediately used the arrest (referred to in the Israeli media as “kidnapping”) as a pretext for a comprehensive invasion of Gaza. Israel had been trying since February with political and economic self-sufficiency to collapse, and since April to have the Hamas government collapse. The real purpose of the invasion of Gaza was to use military means for what had not yet been achieved politically and economically: to break down the autonomy. Israel arrested 2/3 of the members of the Palestinian parliament, defaced various ministerial offices and forced the government to go underground. At the same time, Israel bombed Gaza electric power plant to force a humanitarian disaster. Without electricity, the area’s more than 1 million can be used. residents are not provided with drinking water. Israel’s attack on Gaza was internationally condemned – including by the UN Secretary-General – but the UN Security Council was paralyzed as the United States defends all of Israel’s human rights violations with the standard phrase: “Israel has the right to defend itself.”

Encouraged by the West, Mahmoud Abbas in 2007 attempted to conduct a military coup against the Palestinian government. This was averted in Gaza, where Fatah’s forces were thrown out, but succeeded in the West Bank. The popularity of President Abbas and Fatah was in free fall, and this was the reason why, with Western support, he failed to print presidential elections when his term expired on January 10, 2009. That day, his status shifted from president to dictator. Ten days before, he had shocked the Palestinian public with his statement that it was Hamas’ fault for Israel to carry out terrorist bombings and war crimes in Gaza.

In December / January 2008/09, Israel carried out terrorist bombings of Gaza and subsequently invaded the area. The UN subsequently documented Israel’s use of illegal weapons, liquidations of civilians, bombing of hospitals and UN installations. Over 1250 Palestinians were killed. Of this, 1/3 children. The US and the EU ensured that the extensive Israeli war crimes did not have an impact on Israel.

From 2008, Israel stepped up the building of new settlements in the occupied territories, and at the same time stepped up its ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Jerusalem, which Israel will turn into a pure Jewish city.

As a result of the Israeli war crimes, illegal blockade of Gaza and continued occupation of Palestine, the boycott of Israel around the world escalated from 2006. From 2010, according to ehotelat, Palestine also began to boycott goods produced in Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank. This blockade has already led to a large number of closures of Israeli companies. As revenge, Israel withholds the VAT money that, according to the agreements entered into, should transfer to the self-government.

Documents leaked by al Jazeera in January 2011 revealed that, during negotiations with Israel, Palestinian self-government had secretly sold out of basic Palestinian demands: Jerusalem as its capital and the refugee’s right to return. The documents also confirmed that, following pressure from the United States, self-government was allowed to sabotage the processing of the Goldstone Commission report at the UN. The consequence was that the international community did not have to deal with how Israel’s war crimes in Gaza were handled in January 2009. The self-government initially rejected the authenticity of the leaked documents, but later had to admit that the documents were genuine. The revelations further weakened the politically and economically corrupt autonomy, whose term of office expired in January 2009.

In January 2011, the authorities in both Gaza and the West Bank banned political demonstrations similar to those that overthrew the dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt.

2006 Election in Palestine