Is Abbas Rival Mohammed Dahlan Plotting a Comeback, With the UAE’s Help?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and then-Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Dec. 18, 2006 (AP photo by Kevin Frayer).
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and then-Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Dec. 18, 2006 (AP photo by Kevin Frayer).
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After the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain broke with most Arab countries and established diplomatic relations with Israel, there are already signs of growing tensions in the Palestinian territories. Mahmoud Abbas, the longtime president of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, is apparently trying to foreclose a potential challenge to his leadership from an old rival. Forces loyal to Abbas have been rounding up supporters of Mohammed Dahlan, once a powerful player in Abbas’ ruling Fatah party, who is now living in exile in the UAE. He and Abbas had a dramatic falling out nearly a decade ago. According to the […]

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