The Palestinians described Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's call Tuesday for snap elections an internal matter, saying they signed agreements with Israeli governments, not political parties.
"We signed agreements with Israeli governments, not Israeli parties," Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's top aide, Nabil Abu Rudeina, told AFP.
"We hope we will see an Israeli government committed to the peace process and to implement signed agreements," he added, describing the election move as an internal matter.
Barak, facing criticism from political opponents for his handling of two months of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence, told parliament on Tuesday the date for new elections would be set in the next few days.
"I am ready for general elections for the prime minister and the Knesset," he said.
The 120-member parliament subsequently voted on five opposition-sponsored bills calling for early elections, although Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami said he did not expect a new poll until April or May -- GAZA CITY (AFP)
© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)