"The PCC’s resolutions were good, and the factions welcomed them, so much so that Hamas, which boycotted the council’s meetings, welcomed many of its resolutions," writes Hani al-Masri in the leading Palestinian daily al-Ayyam.
But such a welcome seemed absent at the popular level. Was this because the people have sensed the [negative] Israeli and American, and perhaps European, reaction to these resolutions, such as those ending the security coordination, burdening the occupation with the responsibility for its occupation, reconsidering the relationship with the occupation, ending the Paris economic agreement, revitalizing the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), and heading towards elections?
Perhaps; but this explanation remains unconvincing because the various factions and the people have been forcefully demanding such steps for a long time. So what lies behind this popular disinterest? To answer this question, we have to bear in mind that the people have long been 'absented' from participation in determining their own fate, and that the gap that separates them from the leadership is huge and continuously growing wider.