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Barghouti is preparing for the presidential elections amid expected support from Hamas

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Once again, the name of Marwan Barghouti, the Fatah leader who is serving life sentences in Israeli prisons, has returned to the Palestinian political arena. This comes after the revelation that Hamas is exchanging messages with him regarding the upcoming elections, to ally with him, which causes President Mahmoud Abbas fearful of announcing the date of the election.

While Fatah circles confirmed that Abbas sent one of his advisers to meet Barghouti in the Israeli prison, asking him to give up his upcoming candidacy for the presidential elections, in exchange for his appointment as head of the Fatah list in the legislative elections, but the latter rejected the proposal because his eye is on running in the presidential elections.

It is clear that the PA is afraid to announce the elections because of the strength of Hamas on the one hand, and the possibility of its alliance with other Fatah leaders on the other, namely Barghouti, who Israel has so far refused to release as part of a prisoner exchange deal that it may reach with Hamas. This is despite regional and international mediators held separate talks with Hamas and Israel to prepare for a prisoner exchange deal, in which Hamas secures Barghouti’s release.

In the latest news, without an official announcement from Hamas, we have heard that its leadership recently exchanged messages with Barghouti about the upcoming elections and the possibility of an alliance with him in the presidential and legislative elections. Hamas’s messages reached Barghouti in the Israeli prison through a lawyer who visits him. He then reads the message and answers, while the lawyer writes his statements, and the lawyer delivers the message after leaving the prison to someone who delivers it to the Hamas leadership in secret.

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In this case, the chances of others winning the elections will be slim, as Barghouti is very popular in the Palestinian street, and is highly regarded by Hamas cadres and supporters.

Ismail Haniyeh press conference in Gaza, on 10 November 2019 [Mohammed Asad-Middle East Monitor]

Ismail Haniyeh press conference in Gaza, on 10 November 2019 [Mohammed Asad-Middle East Monitor]

The last Palestinian opinion poll in December 2019 revealed that if new presidential elections were held, and Abbas did........

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