Palestinian Democracy Requires Palestinian Democrats

Mustafa Barghouthi is the sort of Palestinian that Western politicians and journalists like. He is not affiliated with either Hamas or Fatah and thus cannot be accused of being a front man for the terrorists who make up the core of both those groups. Thus when Barghouthi (whose cousin Marwan is a Fatah terrorist currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli jail for committing multiple murders) laments the failures of Palestinian democracy, Westerners are inclined to listen and sympathize. In Foreign Policy today, Barghouthi uses the occasion of the cancellation of Palestinian municipal elections to make the case that democracy is an essential ingredient to Middle East peace, and he couldn’t be more right when he declares: “The only lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians will be based on a settlement negotiated between two democracies — this was the case in Europe, and it will be the case in the Middle East.”

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Palestinian Democracy Requires Palestinian Democrats

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