According to this article in Gatestone, there is a lot of evidence that Abbas cares more about destroying Israel than he does helping Palestinians get their basic needs met.
I know that Gatestone has a pro-Israel bias. That said, the claims in the article are either true or false.
Here’s the claim:
“This is the essence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Palestinians’ number one priority—the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinians in general—is destroying Israel. They would rather die than give up their dream of destroying Israel.”
For this claim to be false, one would need to articulate the “true” goals of the Palestinians. Where is it documented and how is it presented as their consistent charter? Failing that the stated claim above is consistent with the 70 years of fighting and rejection of all offers to establish peace, as have been done with many other peoples affected by the wars, such as the Balkans, China/Taiwan, Germany/other countries, etc… Specifically, take Prussia for example, it lost the majority of their German population after 1945 as the state disappeared due to being absorbed by Soviet Union and Poland. There are countless examples like this around the World.
The Palestinian Arabs aren’t the only group affected by wars.
What’s Abbas’s 1st priority: Destroy Israel or Help Palestinians?
You forgot a third possibility: enriching himself and his cronies.