In Carnegie Endowment’s Policy Brief for May, “Sunset for the Two-State Solution?” constitutional expert Nathan J. Brown recommends that the United States backs the restoration of democratic rule in the Palestinian Authority (PA) “reviving the terms of Palestine’s Basic Law”. Brown argues that a Fatah-Hamas agreement is prerequisite to the holding of elections or even a referendum on the principles of an Israeli–Palestinian peace.
Brown warns against holding early elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). “With an agreement to return to constitutional
rule, presidential and parliamentary elections are due in 2010. There is no reason to rush this date forward, especially since earlier
attempts to do so contributed to Hamas’s decision to seize Gaza in the first place,” Brown argues.
He recommends that Fatah focus on “how to face the voters in two years, rather than ousting Hamas tomorrow”.
Read: Nathan J. Brown, “Sunset for the Two-State Solution,” Sunset for the Two-State Solution?, Carnegie Endowment, Policy Brief No. 58 May 2008, http://www.carnegieendowment.org/files/pb58_brown_sunset_final.pdf.