The first Jewish prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the last Jewish president of the state, Shimon Peres, both served for a short period in the late 20th century.
But the pair’s achievements in the decades since then have been largely overshadowed by the current Palestinian Authority leadership, which has a record of Palestinian human rights violations and a history of supporting terrorism and extremism.
In recent years, a number of Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself, have attempted to distance themselves from the current PA leadership.
The latest effort came when former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced their intention to challenge the current leadership, calling on Palestinians to rise up and confront them in the elections that are scheduled for November.
Ya’alon, who is Jewish, and Livni, who identifies as a Palestinian, have been accused of being biased toward the Palestinian cause and of supporting Palestinian terror.
They are also under investigation for fraud and bribery.
While Ya’alin and Livnin have been widely reported as endorsing a Palestinian presidential candidate in the upcoming elections, neither has yet formally endorsed the candidacy of one of the other four candidates in the field.
But that could change if, as expected, the four candidates all meet and choose their respective presidential candidates.
What do you think about the upcoming presidential election?
The Palestinian presidential election will take place November 30, 2017.
It will be a national vote.
So who is most likely to win?
There are several contenders in the race, which will be the first democratic Palestinian election in decades.
In terms of a clear winner, it is likely to be Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.
But there are many factors to consider, such as the level of support the party receives in Israel and how the Palestinians view their future prospects.
The party’s support is based on its ability to provide jobs, jobs, and more jobs for Palestinians, which in the past has been a major stumbling block for any political party.
But according to recent polls, support for Hamas has dropped by a significant margin in the last three years, to just 18 percent of Palestinians surveyed by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.
That would be the second time in the history of the Palestinian national movement that support has dropped below 18 percent.
And in the 2014 elections, Hamas won just 14 percent of the vote, a record low.
Is the current election going to be a referendum on Hamas?
The current Palestinian leadership has been unable to get beyond its own base of support.
But in recent months, its popularity has skyrocketed, and it has managed to form a majority in parliament.
The new Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will be elected in the October 2018 elections.
His primary goal is to secure the PA’s full power in the West Bank, as well as in Gaza and Jerusalem.
Is it possible that Israel could act as a mediator between Hamas and the Palestinians?
Israel has been supportive of the current political situation in the occupied territories, and its recent peace efforts with the Palestinians have included a number steps that could be used to help the current presidential candidate.
The first of these steps would be to provide financial and technical support to the Palestinian political party, which currently has an estimated budget of about $1.7 billion.
A second step would be a visit to the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian leadership could provide technical assistance.
A third step would include direct financial assistance to the PA leadership to help it establish its infrastructure and prepare for the elections.
How will the presidential candidates’ platforms differ from each other?
Both the presidential candidate and the political party that is leading the campaign are trying to put forward their own political and economic programs.
The candidates are expected to make a few policy differences.
But these will likely be largely cosmetic differences, and no serious differences will be made in the actual platform.
The two major parties will probably make a number policy concessions, which are unlikely to include significant concessions to the Palestinians.
But if the candidates are able to come up with some policy that is acceptable to both Israelis and Palestinians, that could help make a difference.
Is there a chance that the Palestinian presidential candidates will be supported by the international community?
The current leadership has repeatedly rejected efforts to work with the United Nations or other international organizations to address the ongoing Palestinian conflict.
In addition, Israeli government officials have frequently accused the Palestinians of committing acts of terrorism against Israelis.
There is also a chance for the Palestinian candidates to face criticism from within the international body that has a strong role in peace efforts.
That includes the United States, which is committed to the establishment of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
But even the Obama administration has acknowledged that “there is a significant gap” between Israeli and Palestinian policies and that there is “a need for progress.”
Does the Palestinian electoral process merit a closer look from the international arena?
It is crucial