MYTH “Israel is building the security fence as part of a land grab to control the West Bank and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.” The purpose of the security fence is the prevention of terror.
Its route has been carefully plotted to maximize the security it provides to the citizens of Israel and minimize the inconvenience and harm to Palestinians.
Still, the election could hardly be called competitive as the outcome was never in doubt.
Seven candidates ran for president, but the only question was the size of Mahmoud Abbas’ margin of victory. His nearest challenger was Mustafa Barghouti with 19.8 percent.
According to a study by a team of independent researchers, the 2004 Palestinian-Arab population was closer to 2.4 million than to the 3.8 million cited by the PA.