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
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
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
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
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.