As it because increasingly likely that Israel will head to the polls of the third time in one year some in the west bank and the Gaza strip hope for similar elections. The Palestinian Authority has officially requested Israel allow citizens in the west bank to vote in upcoming elections, one of the prerequisites President Abbas, who was elected in 2005, set out for the parliamentary elections. Hamas the violent terrorist organization that controls the Gaza strip in opposition to the Fatah faction of Abbas has jumped at the chance for elections, hoping to gain control of the Palestinian Authority, an event that could jeopardize the security of Israel. It remains to be seen whether Israel will allow west Jerusalem to vote however. In terms of what the U.S. stance on the matter should be is that is should seek to ensure the elections are free and fair as well as seek to help ensure that Hamas does not pose a danger to the region post election.

John F.