Daoud Kuttab is a former professor at Princeton University and the founder and former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al-Quds University in Ramallah.
Palestinian citizens of Israel who managed to cobble together a united list for the second time in their history hope this will encourage Palestinian voters to go to the polls.
Israeli soldiers hand search a Palestinian man at the Hawara checkpoint south of the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP)
The speech given by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the opening session of the Palestine National Council was long by any standards. His address, broadcast live from Ramallah on April 30, was two hours of uninterrupted talk.