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PA Must Be Terminated Now: The Overall Picture Has Been Much Bleaker

18 October 2015

By Khalid Amayreh

It is amply clear by now that the Palestinian Authority (PA), which gravels at Israel's feet in what looks like a master-slave relationship, has become a real obstacle to the realization of Palestinian freedom from the clutches of Israeli occupation and domination.

PA leaders have repeatedly argued that the net outcome of the Oslo Process, signed between an insolent Israel and a vanquished PLO, has been a fat zero.

But the overall picture has been much bleaker.

PA-PLO officials, ever since the conclusion of the hapless accords, never really stopped deceiving and cheating the Palestinian people by promising them that a viable Palestinian state was looming just behind the horizon and that it was only a matter of a few years before our thoroughly tortured people would have their own independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Now, 22 years later, not only the promised state doesn't exist, but the prospects for its existence have become dimmer and dimmer than ever, given the fact that Israel has already killed any remaining chances for the establishment of a true Palestinian state worthy of the name.

The reason for this pessimistic outlook is crystal clear. It is the ubiquitous expansion of Jewish settlements all over the West Bank.

Hence, we should never believe anyone telling us that there is still a realistic chance for the so-called two state solutions.

In the final analysis we all know that what Israel has in mind is a deformed, disfigured state-let with a name and form, but without substance, an entity comprising a few isolated and scattered Bantustans, and surrounded by an archipelago of Jewish settlements.

Such a state would have no future. Hence, it would be utterly rejected by a vast majority of the Palestinian people, irrespective of all the inducements, the bribes, the bullying and threats expected under these circumstances.

What the PA should do?

The best thing the PA should do now, in light of the immense perils surrounding the Palestinian people and their just cause, is dissolving the PA.

The dissolution of the PA would remove the deceptive cosmetic off the face of the Israeli occupier.

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas admitted during his recent UN speech that his regime had no authority other than ''the authority to beat Palestinians and break their bones on Israel's behalf".

If so, then what is the rationale behind maintaining such authority which Israel insists on perpetuating as a police state without a state? Continuing to receive hefty sums of dollars and Euros, much of which find their way to the pockets of an army of corrupt PA officials, their cronies and hangers-on?

It is true that the termination of the PA is easier said than done.

However, it is also true that every other factor, including the financial and commercial interests of PA operatives and their business partners, must be subordinate to the national cause.

I am saying this because there is a widespread impression among many Palestinians these days that the PA is effectively sacrificing paramount national interests for the sake of maintaining the business interests of some of its officials.

Unfortunately, this impression is justified to a large extent.

Indeed, despite the indescribable ruthlessness and brutality of the Israeli occupiers, which reflect the brutal ugliness of the Zionist mentality, the PA security agencies, acting on direct instructions from the top PA leadership, have been ganging on Palestinian protesters, protesting genuine and legitimate grievances, beating them mercilessly and breaking their bones, all in order to obtain a certificate of good conduct from Israel.

This is more than disgraceful.

After all, the Palestinian masses have been protesting decidedly criminal and murderous Israeli actions, including the increasingly daring assaults on the Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest spot on earth as far as Muslims are concerned, the barring of Muslims from accessing the mosque, and the nearly daily encroachment by millenarian Jewish fanatics into the Mosque for the purpose of arrogating at least part of it in order to build a Talmudic edifice which would eclipse the majestic Dome of the Rock.

Besides, the settlers, who are backed, protected and encouraged by the Israeli army and government, have been murdering Palestinians in cold blood, including burning alive sleeping men, women and children, as happened to the Dawabsheh family at the village of Duma south of Nablus a few weeks ago.

So what are we supposed to do as Palestinians, in the face of these murderous provocations? How would any other people under the sun behave under these circumstances?

PA gullibility

The excessive stupidity of the PA-PLO has been common knowledge ever since (and even before) the conclusion of the Oslo Accords.

The PLO recognized Israel without a reciprocal Israeli recognition and even without specifying the borders of the Zionist state the PLO leadership recognized.

Then the PA agreed to keep the bulk of the West Bank under Israeli control.
Then the PA agreed to put as many as 70,000 Palestinian security personnel at Israel's beck and call.

Then the PA did virtually nothing when Israel built the annexation wall, which devoured vast swathes of the West Bank.

Eventually, Israel continued to build more settlements everywhere in the West Bank, especially in East Jerusalem, making the declared Palestinian goal of establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, closer to wishful thinking than to reality.

Hence the question: Isn't it the time to ask whether the continued existence of the PA has any justification?

I have no doubt that some PA-PLO officials may be sincere and have good intentions.

However, good intentions alone often spell disaster.

Needless to say, in our case, this seems to be the case.

Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator living in Occupied Palestine. 



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