Abbas is a self-serving traitor.
by Stephen Lendman
Israel enforces rogue state harshness. Rule of law principles are spurned. Even Jewish rights are marginalized. Palestinians have none.
Occupation ruthlessness terrorizes them. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad serve illegitimately.
Israel manipulated the process to elect Abbas and keep him in charge. Despite virtually no popular support, Fayyad was appointed.
Enforcing Israeli authority is policy. Abbas is a longtime collaborator. Duplicity defines his agenda. Israel and Washington know he's reliable. They support him to serve their interests.
Abbas took credit as Oslo's architect. Israel controlled the process. Sellout defined it. Israel got what it wanted. Palestinians were shut out. Abbas sold out. He agreed to unilateral surrender. So did Arafat.
In April, Al-Ahram contributor Hasan Afif El-Hasan headlined "Twenty lost years," saying:
Post-Oslo, nothing changed. Israel's military protects settlers and terrorizes Palestinians. PA security forces violate the rights of their own people "in accordance with guidelines and direct orders established by Israel."
"The path the PA chose since Oslo has not led to Palestinian independence and it has weakened the Palestinian national movement."
"The PA does not govern its own territory, and became for all intents and purposes the administrator of an Israeli protectorate while Israel carries on with ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem, colonising the West Bank and enforcing the criminal blockade on Gaza."
Abbas and Fayyad replicate US-controlled puppet authority in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere. PA security forces prevent and/or contain peaceful demonstrations.
During Cast Lead, anti-Israeli protests were prohibited. Abbas tried to prevent war crime investigations. He won't permit another Intifada. He targets Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine supporters.
Historian Beshara Doumani recently visited the West Bank. He said PA crackdowns prevent Palestinians from expressing views freely. He called Nablus "a broken city." Resistance is confronted and quashed.