The Palestinian Authority is Failing the Palestinian People
14 August 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
When the Palestinian Authority (PA) was created following the scandalous Oslo
Accords in 1993, many Palestinians hoped that the new reality would
eventually give them a semblance of freedom from the sinister Israeli
Now, 22 years later, most Palestinians feel betrayed, disappointed and
disillusioned by the gigantic fiasco of the PA, nearly at all levels.
Politically, Israel has effectively killed any remaining realistic prospects
for the establishment of a viable and territorially-contiguous Palestinian
state worthy of the name. Jewish settlements are ubiquitous all over the West
Bank and it is highly unlikely that a peace-minded government would appear in
Israel in the foreseeable and intermediate future as the Israeli Jewish
society continues to drift toward fanaticism, racism and fascism.
Economically, a majority of Palestinians feel they were better off before the
conclusion of the Oslo Accords than they are now. A growing number of
Palestinian families are joining the legions of the poor.
As to the Israeli occupation, it is clear that its grip on various aspects of
Palestinian life has become tighter than ever before.
Today, the Israeli factor is more insidious, more vicious and permeates all
walks of life. Even, simple tasks that people elsewhere would take for
granted are formidable challenges for Palestinians in both the West Bank and
And while a manifestly sadistic Israel enjoys persecuting and tormenting our
people in a variety of ways, the PA continues to bask in its own
powerlessness and even irrelevance.
Indeed, the PA contents itself with merely playing the role of message
courier between the Israeli Shin Beth agency, which functions under the
rubric of the so-called Civil Administration, and the helpless Palestinian
According to insiders, in many cases even this subordinate role is abused by
PA operatives due to corruption and mediocrity.
Betraying the people
The PA leadership claims it is concentrating on achieving strategic goals,
such as preparing for Palestinian statehood, which we are told is consuming
its time and efforts.
However, it is clear that the PA cannot be given the benefit of the doubt for
many plausible reasons.
First, as mentioned above, the establishment of a genuine Palestinian state
is no longer possible in the realm of reality. We who live in the heart of
reality in the West Bank know better. We know deep in our hearts that it is
too late for Palestinian statehood. I know we cannot prevent the big mouths
and little brains in Ramallah from keeping up dreaming.
But we all know that the PA and the hangers-on have been dreaming too much
and for too long, with manifestly disastrous consequences on the Palestinian
people and their enduring just cause.
Second, it is really hard to believe that the PA will be able to wrest a real
state from Israel at a time when the PA cannot get Israel to allow a
Palestinian from the West Bank stranded in the Gaza Strip to return home.
Today, Palestinians are being tormented, persecuted and humiliated not only
by Israel, but also by some Arab regimes considered close to the PA, such as
the Sissi regime in Cairo.
Attempting to curry favor with one of the worst human-rights violator under
the sun, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas remarked earlier this year that that Sissi
took Egypt from darkness to light.
The utterly mendacious sycophantic statement was particularly scandalous as
Egypt is finding itself in the grip of a fascist junta that murders its own
citizens in broad daylight under the rubric of fighting terror.
Beholders might be prompted to think that Abbas is getting something in
return from the Sissi junta for his unctuousness and sycophancy.
He is not.
In fact, Abbas has utterly failed to get the bloody Cairo gang to treat
Palestinians stranded at the Cairo airport with any modicum of respect and
Abbas has also failed to get the man who "got Egypt out of the darkness " to
reopen the Rafah border crossing for a few days to get thousands of
Palestinians on both sides of the borders to either return home or travel
So where is that special relation between Sissi and Abbas? And where is that
special relation between "the big sister" and Palestine?
Let us not fool ourselves. A regime that torments, murders and humiliates its
own people will not behave in exemplary manner toward the Palestinians.
This is the truth that neither Mahmoud Abbas nor the band of hypocrites and
sycophants around him are willing to come to terms with.
Needless to say, the inescapable conclusion from all of this is that the PA
is part of the problem facing the Palestinian people.
This bitter and painful reality can only change when the PA starts feeling
and caring for the Palestinian people.
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and current affairs political
commentator living in Occupied Palestine