Improving Ties between Egypt and Hamas Unsettle Palestinian Politics

(Reuters) Nidal al-Mughrabi - Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Wednesday that relations between Gaza and Egypt were warming. Egyptian "authorities have issued orders to implement a package of measures that has began with allowing fuel into Gaza," he said. Meetings in Cairo between Hamas and Egyptian officials were believed to have been facilitated by Mohammad Dahlan, 55, a former senior Fatah official who is originally from Gaza and is now a staunch opponent of PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Closer ties between Hamas and Cairo are a serious threat to Abbas, regional analysts said, because they empower Dahlan and undermine the ability of the PA to cast itself as the dominant political body for Palestinians. Abbas expelled Dahlan from Fatah in 2012 and the last thing Abbas wants is for him to return to Gaza, with Egypt's approval, as a hero.

2017-07-06 00:00:00

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