At the time, Fatah collaborated with Washington to oust Hamas. An abortive coup failed. More information surfaced.
WikiLeaks published a June 12, 2007 cable. It said Israeli military intelligence head Amos Yadlin told US embassy officials that Hamas retaining power in Gaza was advantageous.
"Although not necessarily representing a GOI (government of Israel) consensus view," said Yadlin, "Israel would be 'happy' if Hamas took over Gaza because the IDF could then deal with Hamas as a hostile state."
Israel's imperial agenda needs manufactured enemies. Having them facilitates violence and instability. They also help justify small and larger-scale wars.
Like Pillar of Cloud, Cast Lead was planned months in advance. Its aim was to advance Israel's imperium.
It involves controlling all valued parts of Judea and Samaria, depopulating much of Palestine, and confining remaining population elements to canonized worthless scrubland.
Both conflicts are more about weakening Hamas than destroying it. They also involve waging war on civilian men, women, children, infants and the elderly.
Doing so is official Israeli policy in all conflicts. Israel considers all Palestinians combatants or potential future ones.
Perhaps Abbas and other Fatah officials knew about Pillar of Cloud in advance. Maybe they approved or urged it.
During eight terror bombing days, Abbas' comments were delayed, weak, meaningless and insulting.
He did nothing to help beleaguered Gazans. Nor during Cast Lead. Both times he went along with Israeli slaughter and mass destruction.
Issam Younis serves as Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights general director. On November 20, Maan News published his "Letter to Abbas: Visit us in Gaza." In part it said:
"This is a historic moment, that must be taken up. We've waited for you in Gaza for six days. We're still waiting; your people who are being attacked and slaughtered in Gaza."
"It is not acceptable anymore - no matter what those surrounding you make it look like to you - that you do not come. I do not invite you to show solidarity with Gaza, but to be in Gaza and with Gaza."
"The advocates of divide can stay back in Ramallah. This scandalous schism must end now and here; the schism that made your people bleed."