Fatah Infighting Jeopardizes Kerry’s Peace Process
by Khaled Abu Toameh, gatestoneinstitute.org, via dailyalert.org, Mar. 4, 2014
Senior members of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah faction have stepped up their efforts to remove him from power.
The internal squabbling in Fatah casts doubts on Abbas’ ability or willingness to sign any peace agreement with Israel.
These are not mere tensions or disagreements among politicians. Rather, they mark the beginning of an inevitable split that could result in the creation of a rival, anti-Abbas Fatah group, headed by some of his arch-enemies, including former PA security chief Mohammed Dahlan.
In recent weeks, Abbas has taken a number of measures that reflect his increased fear of Mohamed Dahlan’s moves to discredit him and remove him from power. These measures include confiscating large sums of money transferred from the United Arab Emirates to Dahlan loyalists in Gaza.
Once the claim was that Abbas does not represent the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who are under the control of Hamas. Today it is not incorrect to argue that Abbas does not even represent his own party.