GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — If someone decides to become a politician in Palestine, especially in the Gaza Strip, they cannot run for the parliamentary elections nor can they run for the presidential elections. Elections have been stalled for the past 10 years. Politicians in Gaza can only propose initiatives and suggestions to resolve the political and social crises.
One way or another, political action in Gaza has turned into an activity related to everyday problems, such as launching initiatives to solve issues like the electricity crisis, the Rafah border crossing and the payment of the salaries of government employees. These initiatives are sometimes even aimed at pushing forward the reconciliation process between Fatah and Hamas.