pgtl10 – If the Palestinians were griping that they do not have the right to vote in the Israeli elections, there surely it would make sense that you would raise the issue. However, there is no Palestinian demand to be granted Israeli citizenship and to vote in the Knesset elections. The position of the Palestinians who are citizens of Israel is that “Israeli citizenship was forced upon us…” Asking for Israeli citizenship and asking to participate in the Israeli elections is exactly the same as accepting the legitimacy of the State of Israel, and that is (quite frankly) the very essence of conflict. The Palestinians reject the legitimacy of Israel, and so they do not request to be part of it.
On the other hand, the Palestinians claim that they have established their own state. Its name is the State of Palestine, and they even went to the UN in 2012 and asked to be given the status of non-member observer STATE. Not too surprisingly, the UN granted them that which they requested: Recognition of Palestinian statehood. Apparently, this was a move that the anti-Israel crowd didn’t like, because everyone pretends that the grievance is that the Palestinians cannot vote in Israel. It’s rather clear that the Palestinians would like for Israel to disappear – not to participate in her election process.
There is Palestinian citizenship, there is a Palestinian parliament and there is a Palestinian government. Many years ago, there were even Palestinian elections. Unfortunately, Mr Abbas fears that renewed elections will bring about the election of a Hamas president, and that is an untolerable thought. The position of the PLO is that only the PLO represents the Palestinian people, so there are no elections in the State of Palestine in order that a PLO leader will remain in power. If, indeed, the non-participation of Palestinians in elections troubles you, you might consider writing in the comments’ section of a Palestinian publication, calling upon them to get their act together and finally hold elections. If you have troubles writing your thoughts in Arabic, I’d be willing to help you. Remind the Palestinians that Mr Abbas was elected for just four years (not fifteen). I hope that you are capable of raising some mild criticism of the Palestinians. They are adults, so they should be able to handle it.
By the way, there are two Palestinian states. There is an undeclared state (but a real state) in Gaza that is capable of waging real war, has diplomatic relations with other states and has a government, etc. In the West Bank, the Palestinians claim that there is a state (they have declared statehood) and they have asked everyone to recognize it. It would be an act of basic politeness if you would push an agenda that the Palestinians are pushing. They want to be citizens of the State of Palestine, not to participate in the statehood and the elections of their enemy.