8. Why do Mahmoud Abbas and other spokespeople of the Palestinian Authority complain about Israeli soldiers entering and acting on the territory that they dominate?
Indeed, their complaints are reasonable but “simulated”. According to the Oslo B (1995), the Palestinian Authority should have the monopoly of the use of force, at least in Areas A. However, as was previously stated (question 7), alternative armed groups question the government of the Palestinian Authority. The most powerful of these forces is the Hamas, an Islamist group that was able to overthrow the PA in Gaza and intends to do the same in the West Bank.
The Palestinian Authority chases after the soldiers of Hamas and the Islamist Jihad, common enemies for both Abbas and Israel, by trying to destroy their local organizations. Often they ask for Israel’s collaboration or witness how the Israeli forces enter their cities unilaterally to capture a suspect.
The 6,000 officers of the Palestinian Authority are sure to remain in their headquarters and in their stations when the Defense Forces of Israel persecute or make preventive arrests against those who plan terrorist attacks. The intelligence flows freely in the meetings between high-rank Israeli officials and their Palestinian equals under the command of Mahmoud Abbas.
Often, these meetings are photographed and appear in the Hamas media, which provokes a condemnation and mockery amongst the Palestinians that consider these actions as a form of collaboration.
The Israelis that mistakenly enter a controlled territory by the Palestinian Authority, or that intentionally challenge the prohibition of doing business in those areas and then are attacked, are often rescued by security forces of the Palestinian Authority. The collaboration rises because of common interests: for Israel because it prevents the loss of innocent lives and for the Palestinian Authority because it could be a way to eradicate the threat of a coup. The event that might change this status-quo is the death of Mahmoud Abbas.