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Struggle Mounts between Abbas, Dahlan

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 14:09
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Struggle Mounts between Abbas, Dahlan
Kifah Ziboun Asharq Al Awsat 25 October 2016

Ramallah- One day after the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ousting a
number of leaders from Fatah suspected of having ties with Muhammad Dahlan,
the latter led a huge offense against Abbas.

Dahlan told the BBC that he will not allow Abbas to destroy Fatah. “Abbas
seeks limiting Fatah during the 7th conference of the faction to fit his
interests. Abbas wants a faction that is obedient to him and the options he
is giving to Fatah are limited to – approving his policy – or leaving Fatah.

Dahlan stressed that he is still willing to hold a national conference in
Cairo that “aims at solving the Palestinian dispute.” He defended the Arabs
saying that “the Arab nation is interfering in the Palestinian case because
it is part of the region and the crisis.”

On the other hand, Dahlan accused Turkey of interfering in the internal
Palestinian affairs through supporting Hamas in Gaza Strip. Dahlan’s
accusations coincided with the president’s three-day visit to Turkey.

On Sunday, Abbas approved ousting leaders and officials of Fatah after they
held a meeting that has a foreign agenda, knowing that this is not the first
time to dismiss officials who have links with Dahlan.

Some Palestinian officials expressed discontent from the fact that Egypt is
sponsoring conferences and meetings called for by Dahlan. Observers,
however, see that Abbas responded to that through his visit to Turkey and

Political Analyst Moustafah Ibrahim said, “Abbas will ask Turkey and Qatar
to exert pressure on Hamas to stop any agreements or deals with Dahlan in
Gaza Strip. Dahlan interventions in Gaza are seen as dangerous when it comes
to Fatah.”


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