The World: Good and Bad West Bank News

For Israeli newspapers, it was a good news/bad news sort of story.

First, the good news: under Israeli supervision, 72.3% of the 88,462 eligible voters among the 650,000 Palestinians living on the occupied West Bank went to the polls last week to choose 205 municipal officials in 22 communities. The election in the occupied Jordanian territory was peaceful and honest, and for the first time included women voters. Observed the Jerusalem Post: "A freer election could hardly have been had in any Arab country today."

Now, the bad news: from Israel's point of view at least, the returns indicated a landslide for younger,...