Fatah: No chance of reconciliation with Dahlan

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Mohammad Dahlan in 2007 (Jamal Aruri - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  July 27, 2021

Speaking to Al-Watan Voice, spokesperson Hussein Hamayel said: “Dahlan is behind us, and all the analyses regarding his return to the movement are false.”Palestinian movement Fatah has ruled out any possible of reconciliation with dismissed leader Mohammad Dahlan.

This came after Gaza MP Ashraf Jumaa wrote on Facebook: “We are awaiting a dramatic incident.” Some people predicted it could be a reconciliation between Fatah and Dahlan.

“We do not have any interest in reconciliation with Dahlan,” Hamayel stressed, noting that the decision to dismiss Dahlan was taken by Fatah’s Central Committee.

Meanwhile, Dahlan’s Democratic Reform Bloc said he “is always seeking to reunite Fatah”, while calling to “stop the autocratic domination over Fatah.”

Fifty-eight-year-old Dahlan was expelled from Fatah’s ruling body in 2011 on allegations of plotting to overthrow Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and has been living in exile in the UAE since 2012.

He was the former head of the Fatah-dominated Preventive Security Force in the Gaza Strip.

In December 2019, Turkey added Dahlan to its most wanted terrorist list, with a $1.7 million bounty on his head, due to his alleged involvement in perpetrating the attempted military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government on 15 July 2016, in cooperation with followers of the exiled Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who remains in the US.