Comment by Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
In order to obtain a certificate of good conduct from Israel and her guardian-ally, the United States, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) is betraying the very people it claims to represent and its enduring national cause in ways unprecedented in living memory.
Today, the real decision-maker in the PA is not really Mahmoud Abbas or his de-facto Prime Minister Salam Fayyadh. Unfortunately, the final say lies with an American General called Keith Dayton, the very man who last year sought unsuccessfully to ignite a Palestinian civil war in Gaza that could have killed tens of thousands of Palestinians. Interestingly, this Dayton reports directly to hardcore Zionist neocon called Elliot Abrams who on several occasions indicated that his ultimate goal was to morph the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into an inter-Palestinian civil war.
It is Dayton who calls the shots and issues the instructions and decides who receives a salary and who doesn’t. It is Dayton who decides who remains in his job and who is fired. It is Dayton who provides the PA with Israeli-supplied lists of Palestinians who ought to be arrested because they pose a threat to Israel’s security and therefore to the peace process. It is Dayton who routinely visits Palestinian cities to be briefed on the security clampdown on the Palestinian opposition. Dayton is actually the real head of the Palestinian Authority......
Interestingly, it is clear that while the PA is meticulously working with the Israeli army to repress any active resistance to the occupation in the West Bank, the Fatah leadership is also trying desperately to thwart any prospective ceasefire in Gaza . This is done mainly by instructing the group’s supporters to fire home-made rockets onto Israeli settlements in order to demonstrate that Hamas can’t enforce a ceasefire.
The nearly daily rocket-firing by Fatah in Gaza is also aimed at giving Israel a pretext to invade and overrun Gaza and murder hundreds or thousands of Gazans, presumably including the leaders of Hamas, so that Gaza would be handed over anew to Abbas and Muhammed Dahlan on a silver platter.