Thursday, November 3, 2016

In Muhammad Dahlan’s Ascent, a Proxy Battle for Legitimacy - The New York Times

Say what you will, Mr. Dahlan is a powerful and,if given the chance, positive force for Palestine, his knowledge and behind the scenes control of the Gaza Strip is a big part of how he can still put a lid on Hamas under the right conditions. He has his negatives and yes he has made a lot of money in an area of the world that it is hard to do, with out being in the grey areas of the conflict. But so has Mohammad Abbas, so did Arafat with his family. I do know Mr. Dahlan supported the peace process with Egypt and Israel to get the Rafah Crossing open under Palestinian control with EU, Egypt, and Israel oversight. He personally stepped in an made things happen when we hit a number of road blocks on the way to open the crossing. He is known and can and has dealt with all sides of the issue, both up in front and behind the scenes. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out in the coming months.
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