During their meeting, Jabarin and Barghouti discussed efforts to reconcile split Palestinian factions before the upcoming municipal elections, which are set for October. Barghouti emphasized that the success of the local government elections could pave the way for democratic elections in the Palestinian Legislative Council, and the office of the chairman of the Palestinian Authority after Abbas—which would give him a chance to supersede Abbas”.Other than this brief mention in Arutz Sheva and an editorial in a website catering to religiously-observant Jews, I couldn’t find this news item covered by any other mainstream media outlet. That’s not surprising.
On this date in 2001, Hamas bombed the Sbarro Pizza restaurant in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed, including 7 children. The bombing was celebrated as a great victory for Palestinians, including by Palestinian university students. Ahlam Tamimi, the women who led the suicide bomber to the location, was...
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