Is Sisi Plotting With Israel
To Have Dahlan Replace Abbas?
By Alan Hart
March 01, 2016
not too much of a secret that Egypt's President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a Trump-like megalomaniac and
a tyrant with few equals, is happy to do dirty work
for Israel. And it may now be that he is seeking to
prepare the ground for Mohammed Dahlan, almost
certainly an American and Israeli intelligence asset
(not a fulltime agent) to succeed Mahmoud Abbas as
president of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
signing of the Oslo Accord in Washington D.C. in
1993, Dahlan was chosen by the Americans to head the
(Palestinian) Preventive Security Force (PSF) in
Gaza. Armed, funded and trained by the Americans it
became a Fatah force of 20,000 which made Dahlan one
of the most powerful Palestinian leaders.
were regularly accused of torturing Hamas detainees
throughout the 1990's and during this period the
Gaza Strip was nicknamed "Dahlanistan" because of
the man's power.
As the head of
the PSF Dahlan had regular dealings with CIA and
Israeli intelligence officials.
George "Dubya" Bush himself had at least three
meetings with Dahlan and after the first one he
publicly praised Dahlan as "a good, solid leader."
In private the president went further describing
Dahlan as "our guy.". The time was coming when he
would prove that he was.
In 2007 Dahlan
said "Yes" to an American request to prepare his
forces for an all-out attack on Hamas to destroy it
So far as
American (and many European) policy makers were
concerned Hamas had to be destroyed because of its
victory in the 2006 elections for the second
Palestinian Legislative Council. Hamas won 74 of the
132 seats, 29 more than the ruling Fatah, and its
leader, Ismail Haniya, went on to form a government.
There was, of course, no way the Bush administration
was going to allow it to survive.
for Dahlan and his American masters Hamas got wind
of the plan to eliminate it and launched an
Israeli-like pre-emptive strike which drove the PSF
forces and their leader out of the Gaza Strip.
development a refreshingly honest analysis was
delivered by David Wurmser who had served as Vice
President Dick Cheney's chief Middle East adviser.
He said he
believed that Hamas had had no intention of taking
over the Gaza Strip until Fatah forced its hand. "It
looks to me," he declared, "that what happened
wasn't a coup by Hamas but an attempted coup by
Fatah that was pre pre-empted before it could
He went on:
Bush administration engaged in a dirty war in an
effort to provide a corrupt dictatorship
(the Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud
Abbas) with victory."
said that he was especially galled by the Bush
administration's hypocrisy. "There is a
stunning disconnect between the president's call for
Middle East democracy and this policy. It directly
humiliating defeat in the Gaza Strip did not
diminish the Bush administration's support for him.
In October 2007 it reportedly subjected Abbas to
heavy pressure in an effort to persuade him to
appoint Dahlan as his deputy. Fatah officials were
quoted as saying that the US and some EU countries
would like to see Dahlan succeed Abbas as head of
Abbas was only
one of very many Palestinians who believed, as I do,
that it was Dahlan who delivered and placed for
Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, the
poison (polonium-210 or whatever) that killed Yasser
Driven by this
belief and fear that he might well be Dahlan's next
victim Abbas gave the order for him to be expelled
from Fatah. That was in June 2011. Three months
later Dahlan's house was raided by Palestinian
police and his private armed guards were arrested.
Dahlan was banished from what is left of Palestine
and took up residence in Dubai. (He and his wife
Jaleela and their four children have Serbian
citizenship and Dahlan himself also has Montenegrin
assisted by the fact that a majority of the occupied
and oppressed Palestinians are sick and tired of the
impotence and corruption of the PA, Dahlan is
seeking to make a comeback. And his chief promoter
is Egypt's President Sisi.
at a meeting in Cairo he presented Abbas with a
"road map" for cleaning up the Palestinian political
arena. Sisi's main demand - his price for a
continuing relationship with the PA - was
reconciliation between Abbas and Dahlan.
indications are that Sisi wants Dahlan to be Abbas's
questions seem to me to be in order.
The first is -
Why, really, does Sisi want Dahlan to be the next
president of the PA?
answer is - Because that's what Israel's leaders
question is - Why, really, do Israel's leaders want
Dahlan to be Abbas's successor?
answer is that they hope and perhaps even believe
that he would be prepared to use force to compel the
Palestinians to accept crumbs from Zionism's table -
isolated Bantustans on 30-40 percent of the West
Bank which they could call a state.
is that even if Sisi-led Arab plotting and bribery
did result in Dahlan replacing Abbas as president of
the PA, he would almost certainly be assassinated if
he tried to impose Zionism's surrender terms on the
Hart is a former ITN
and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent. He is author
of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews. He blogs at
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