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Abbas' longtime collaboration with Israel. He sold out long ago for whatever
benefits he derives.
He's Israel's enforcer. He ill-serves and insults Palestinians.
His presidency is illegitimate. Israel rigged his 2005 election. In January
2009, his term expired.
He's still in office. At least for now, Washington and Israel want him
there. He's more stooge than statesman. He's a duplicitous puppet.
He replicates fascist Quisling Norway, Vichy France, and other Nazi-controlled
collaborationist regimes. Instead of serving his people, he betrayed them.
He subverts Palestine's liberating struggle. Collaborating with the enemy
is treason. Abbas and likeminded Fatah officials are guilty on multiple
What did he know and when about Pillar of Cloud?
He knew about Cast Lead in advance. On November 30, 2010, Reuters headlined
"Israel says Abbas, Egypt warned on Gaza war - leaks," saying:
Ahead of Cast Lead, Israel "conferred with the Western-backed Palestinian
leadership and with Egypt…."
Leaked US diplomatic cables quoted a senior Israeli official confirming
it. Haaretz reported the same thing. Mubarak and Abbas were briefed in
Haaretz said "Israel tried to coordinate the Gaza war with the Palestinian
authority." WikiLeaks released US diplomatic cables confirming it.
In June 2009, months before Cast Lead, Israeli Defense Minister Barak
met with US congressional members.
He also "consulted with Egypt and Fatah prior to Operation Cast Lead,
asking if they were willing to assume control of Gaza once Israel defeated
He "received negative answers from both." Previous leaked information
reported the same thing. WikiLeaks provided "the first documented proof."
Abbas denied getting advance word. He lied. Mubarak said nothing either
Reuters said Abbas "urged Israel to crush Hamas during the war."
Avigdor Lieberman held ministerial positions under Sharon and Ehud Olmert.
In April 2009, he became Netanyahu's Foreign Minister.
He explained Abbas' involvement, saying:
"Over the past year, I witnessed (Abbas) at his best. In Operation Cast
Lead, (he) called us personally, applied pressure, and demanded that we
topple Hamas and remove it from power."
Though out of government during Cast Lead, a senior Olmert official called
his comments "essentially accurate."
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said this information "reaffirms the fact
that Mahmoud Abbas is no longer fit to represent our people, who conspired
against his people during a war."
Abbas was never fit to serve. That's why Israel and Washington chose him.
WikiLeaks also disclosed that Hamas spokesman Salah Al-Bardaweel said:
"We have not ruled out that Fatah and the Palestinian Authority could
have contributed in one way or another in the war against Gaza for political
reasons such as bringing down the Hamas movement and regaining control."
More from WikiLeaks suggested it. Washington's Tel Aviv embassy said Fatah
officials asked Israel to attack Hamas.
According to a June 2007 dispatch, Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin said "demoralized"
Fatah officials wanted help to destroy Hamas.
"They are approaching a zero-sum situation," said Diskin, "and yet they
ask us to attack Hamas. They are desperate. This is a new development.
We have never seen this before."
He added that "Fatah is in a very bad shape in Gaza. We have received
requests to train their forces in Egypt and Yemen. We would like them
to get the training they need, and to be more powerful, but they do not
have anyone to lead them."
He also praised Shin Bet's "very good working relationship" with Abbas
at the time. His internal security service collaborates with Israel. He
understands that "Israel's security is central to (his) survival in the
struggle with Hamas…."
At the time, Fatah collaborated with Washington to oust Hamas. An abortive
coup failed. More information surfaced.
WikiLeaks published a June 12, 2007 cable. It said Israeli military intelligence
head Amos Yadlin told US embassy officials that Hamas retaining power
in Gaza was advantageous.
"Although not necessarily representing a GOI (government of Israel) consensus
view," said Yadlin, "Israel would be 'happy' if Hamas took over Gaza because
the IDF could then deal with Hamas as a hostile state."
Israel's imperial agenda needs manufactured enemies. Having them facilitates
violence and instability. They also help justify small and larger-scale
Like Pillar of Cloud, Cast Lead was planned months in advance. Its aim
was to advance Israel's imperium.
It involves controlling all valued parts of Judea and Samaria, depopulating
much of Palestine, and confining remaining population elements to canonized
Both conflicts are more about weakening Hamas than destroying it. They
also involve waging war on civilian men, women, children, infants and
Doing so is official Israeli policy in all conflicts. Israel considers
all Palestinians combatants or potential future ones.
Perhaps Abbas and other Fatah officials knew about Pillar of Cloud in
advance. Maybe they approved or urged it.
During eight terror bombing days, Abbas' comments were delayed, weak,
meaningless and insulting.
He did nothing to help beleaguered Gazans. Nor during Cast Lead. Both
times he went along with Israeli slaughter and mass destruction.
Issam Younis serves as Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights general director.
On November 20, Maan News published his "Letter to Abbas: Visit us in
Gaza." In part it said:
"This is a historic moment, that must be taken up. We’ve waited for you
in Gaza for six days. We’re still waiting; your people who are being attacked
and slaughtered in Gaza."
"It is not acceptable anymore - no matter what those surrounding you make
it look like to you - that you do not come. I do not invite you to show
solidarity with Gaza, but to be in Gaza and with Gaza."
"The advocates of divide can stay back in Ramallah. This scandalous schism
must end now and here; the schism that made your people bleed."
"We are waiting to know that you have ordered PLO diplomats in Geneva,
New York, Vienna, and Paris, and in all UN offices, to immediately act
to convene the UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council, UNESCO and others
to condemn the crimes perpetrated against our people in Gaza, and do all
they can to secure that these crimes be investigated and punished."
"It is regrettable we have not so far seen any meaningful diplomatic effort
that matches the size of blood and suffering in Gaza."
"We are waiting for the orders to our veteran diplomats to be set on fire
and approach the European Union and other powers to mobilize the much-needed
pressure on the occupying state."
On November 4, Younis also challenged Hamas. Maan News published his open
He remains "an advocate of the right of Hamas to govern, and I absolutely
reject the double standards employed by the international community towards
"The financial and political sanctions on Gaza are simply unjust and scandalous.
Hamas won a free and fair election in 2006. The world was well aware that
Hamas would win in the elections."
"At the same time, he challenged Hamas to act more like a government than
a 'movement.' "
"The issue here is not about calling into question the intentions or desires
of the people in power. It is more about the actual process of governance
in such a unique situation like Gaza."
"What is needed is for the government to interact openly with society,
with all of its social and political structures. Society also has a duty
to reciprocate and to be open to interacting with the government."
On November 23, Haaretz contributor Amira Hass headlined "War highlights
Abbas' mutual alienation with Gaza."
She discussed both Younis letters. Abbas was abroad when Israeli terror
bombing began. He returned. He had to. Yet he waited two days before speaking
His comments were weak, unacceptable and duplicitous. He showed which
side he's on.
He also convened Palestinian PLO leaders. "(H)e didn't even invite the
Hamas representative in the West Bank." He failed to show solidarity with
"It is not clear whether the Hamas government would (let him come) as
part of an overall conciliation agreement" or for any purpose.
During Cast Lead, his security forces prevented Palestinian protests.
This time he didn't "dare (stop) people from marching toward Israeli Defense
Forces checkpoints in the West Bank (to) demonstrate against the attacks
Doing so fell far short of what's needed. Palestinians need leaders serving
them, not Israel. Abbas is a collaborative traitor. He's also a pathetic