Officials from the Palestinian Authority are still seething from a nighttime clash last week between Israeli and Palestinian forces near the home of President Mahmoud Abbas.

The clash involved Abbas’ personal security forces and a special Israeli military unit deployed on a mission to arrest a suspect in south Ramallah in an area of the West Bank ostensibly under the full control of the PA.

But unlike typical Israeli operations in what is defined by the Oslo Accords as Area A — when Palestinian forces routinely withdraw from designated areas for a limited period to allow Israeli forces to complete missions — Abbas’ personal red beret guards refused to allow Israeli troops to pass through the barriers erected as safety zone around the vicinity of the PA president’s home. […]