It's not the first time this happened and won't be the last. At the behest of Israel, Fatah leaders salute and obey. Palestinians have two enemies. Their liberating struggle persists on two fronts. Israel is an illegal oppressive occupier. Fatah leaders reflect betrayal.
Khalid Amayreh is a West Bank-based journalist. On September 21, he headlined "Even Netanyahu admits PA is an Israeli interest," saying:
It should raise eyebrows that Israel "is hastening to rescue the Palestinian Authority (PA) from its crushing financial-economic crisis" at the same time it brutalizes Palestinians daily.
Netanyahu isn't being "charitable, generous, magnanimous, or" good-neighborly. He didn't change his spots. Nor have others around him and most Knesset members. They believe in Jewish exceptionalism. Arabs are considered subhumans.
Fatah leaders go along for benefits they derive. Doing so condemns their own people to continued occupation harshness.
Israeli money transfers reflect less than meet the eye. Amounts involved represent "Palestinian money the occupying power collects on behalf of the PA in accordance with the (1994 Oslo) Paris protocol which effectively put the entire Palestinian economy under Israel's mercy."
Israel levies about $100 million monthly. It's for commodities Palestinians import. "Normally, Israel (extorts) bloated commissions and hefty salaries for (its) operatives" involved.
Last week, Netanyahu ordered $63 million in transfers. He claimed to be helping ease the PA's fiscal crisis, saying:
"We are working on several fronts in order to help the Palestinian Authority cope with its economic problems. We have made several agreements in the taxation agreements."
"We are advancing several transfers. We have also helped with Palestinian workers and with a series of other steps in order to make things easier for them."
"Of course, there is a global reality and it is also related to the internal management of every economy, but for our part we are making efforts to help the Palestinian Authority survive this crisis. I hope they will succeed in doing so, this is in our common interest."
Propping up Fatah is key for Israel. At the same time, Hamas is vilified, its members and supporters targeted and arrested, and Gaza remains under suffocating siege.
Last week, "a high-ranking PA official (said) Israel" wants the PA weakened but not destroyed. It wants it subservient and compliant with Israel's will. It wants services rendered as Israel's enforcer.
It wants Palestinians doing some of its own dirty work. It wants nothing obstructing its ability to ravage West Bank and East Jerusalem communities freely.
Abbas, Fayyad, and like-minded collaborators willingly go along. They turn a blind eye to repeated crimes against humanity. They repeatedly commit their own.