Dozens of Fatah members on Monday threatened to quit in protest against the decision to expel former security commander Muhammad Dahlan from the ruling faction.IMHO: DAHLAN EXPULSION WAS PART OF THE DEAL ABBAS MADE WITH HAMAS.
The Fatah Central Committee, at the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (who also heads Fatah), decided over the weekend to expel Dahlan and recommended that he be charged with corruption and other criminal offenses.Dahlan’s expulsion is seen as a victory for Abbas and old guard Fatah leaders.
The move is also seen as a severe blow to Fatah supporters in the Gaza Strip, where Dahlan remains a popular figure and is regarded by some as a potential successor to Abbas.
Fatah representatives warned that the Abbas-Dahlan dispute could lead to a split in the faction. They said that many Fatah activists in the Gaza Strip were threatening to quit in protest against the dismissal of Dahlan.
One activist said that at least 30 Fatah members have already expressed their intention to quit. He pointed out that six members of the Fatah Central Committee did not vote in favor of the recommendation to expel Dahlan.
“If Dahlan is forced out of Fatah, it will be the end of the party,” the activist said.
THE DEAL WON'T LAST.
NO SURPRISE ARAB INTERNECINE WAR IS THE NORM.