Turkish leader and UAE emir face off over the Palestinian succession race

By offering a 10m lira ($1.7) reward for the capture of exiled Palestinian politician Mohammad Dahlan, Turkish President Recep Erdogan stepped into the race rumbling through Ramallah for the successor to Mahmoud Abbas, 83, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. On Friday, Dec. 13, Dahlan, a longtime rival of Abbas (Abu Mazen), was added to Turkey’s “red list” of most wanted terrorists.

Abu Mazen is showing no sign of stepping down. Still, the contenders for his crown are constantly maneuvering for position to jump in when it’s time.
Erdogan, who has visions of resurrecting an empire in the Arab world, has deployed his army in three countries, Syria, Libya and Qatar. He sees a promising opening in Ramallah for sinking his hooks in the Palestinian leadership front as well as a chance to get at Israel.

Why now? DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report the catalyst as being intervention in the Palestinian contest by the UAE leader Sheikh Muhammed bin Ziyad (MbZ). While the Qatari funds streaming month by month to Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip are common knowledge, UAE has quietly begun oiling wheels in the Palestinian seat of government in Ramallah. Dahlan is his bagman, which is why Erdogan has targeted him.

Dahlan, 58, has played many roles for different masters. He served Yasser Arafat as Gaza Strip strongman during more than one campaign of terror against Israel, while at the same time developing Israeli and American contacts by foiling some of his master’s terrorist operations. He then served Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas – first in 2003 as PA interior minister in charge of security and then, in 2005, as minister in charge of coordinating Palestinian steps during Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

But then, in 2010, he had a major falling out with Abbas, who accused him of conspiring to undermine him. In 2012, he was exiled from Ramallah to Jordan, followed by a Palestinian court’s warrant for his arrest on charges of stealing PA funds. Thereafter, he divided his address and business operations between Abu Dhabi, Vienna and Montenegro, moving on to Belgrade.

Dahlan’s attempts to reestablish his power base in the Gaza Strip, where he still has many supporters, were cut short by the Hamas rulers. In the last few weeks, he turned his attention to the West Bank, funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Tanzim faction of the ruling Fatah. Our sources report that he has spread his largess among local Tanzim chiefs in 12 Palestinian refugee camps, including Shuafat in Jerusalem, Dehaisha outside Bethlehem, Qalandia, north of Jerusalem, Balata in Nablus and a camp in Jenin. The distribution of these funds is handled by Qadoura Fares, one of the Fatah leaders and head of the Palestinian Convicts’ Club. He has strong backing in Jenin which he transferred to Dahlan.

Dahlan’s immediate objective is believed to be to curtail the drive for control of the PA’s power centers by the front runners to succeed Abu Mazen – Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Tewfiq Tirawi, and Jibril Rajoub – before the job becomes available, and in case a Palestinian election takes place for the first time in 12 years.
Erdogan and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al-Thani, have come to a deal that serves both their objectives. The Turkish president’s wants a strong hand  in the Palestinian political leadership race, while the Qatari emir seeks to frustrate the plans of his rival the UAE in Ramallah. So while Qatar takes care of the Gaza Strip, Ankara has undertaken to thwart Dahlan’s designs in Ramallah.

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27 thoughts on “Turkish leader and UAE emir face off over the Palestinian succession race

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 19:45 at 19:45
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    Insane pathological liar, gobble-gobble erDogan and his equally “minded”, never existed “falastyn” finally found each other — Joy to the world of Pathology…!

    • Dec 15, 2019 @ 4:32 at 4:32
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      In all this they forgot Israel . Israel is in the shadows apparently , and they might just have different opinion on everything in there. They have their own people , and that includes Gaza people , that basically Israeli grown terror organization . So the story sounds interesting , still it has no basis for ideas -same old garbage.

      • Dec 15, 2019 @ 11:46 at 11:46
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        “———– and that includes Gaza people , that basically Israeli grown terror organization .”

        @solomeo,

        That’s what happens when you unilaterally withdraw your civilians and military from territory which had been under your control since 1967…………….in addition to the intact greenhouses left there all getting trashed!

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:48 at 17:48
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      Turkey is anti – Semitic islamic terror state supporting Hamas ,ISIS and Iran. erDOGan is an i diot obsessed with Israels destruction. Splitting Turkey into kurdish and turkish state will put an end to the ottoman dream for Yerushalaym. Turkey is a part of the anti- Israel block headed by Iran. Turkish support for Hamas is a serious issue and Israel should not Ignore it. Kick them out of NATO.

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 19:51 at 19:51
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    $ 1.7 million USD

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 19:56 at 19:56
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    I look forward to the screws being tightened on Turkey, brought to its knees.
    Let Qatar keep propping up gaza, next turkey, until they wake up

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 20:11 at 20:11
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    All of this infighting makes Hamas (which is comparatively less corrupt) look better.

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 20:46 at 20:46
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    MAY THE PIG ERDOGAN GET ANIMAL SYPHILIS FROM THE NEXT HUMP-BACK ANIMAL HE PLEASURES.

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 22:32 at 22:32
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    Erdogan completely at home in this den of thieves, liars, and murderers. Great omen for the “Palestinian State” wannabe.

    • Dec 15, 2019 @ 11:51 at 11:51
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      “Erdogan completely at home in this den of thieves, liars, and murderers. Great omen for the “Palestinian State” wannabe.”

      @zeke,

      So well said…………………………and so very true!

      • Dec 15, 2019 @ 12:26 at 12:26
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        Sounds like Israel to me. When it “den of thieves, liars, and murderers” you Ashkenazi have always been in a league of your own. Is it not why you have been booted out of almost every country and why the “tropes” exist

        • Dec 15, 2019 @ 14:49 at 14:49
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          If this sounds like Israel to you, that’s proof enough that you are either stone deaf, severely deranged or a creator of “tropes” yourself.
          In either case go get treatment before it is too late.

        • Dec 15, 2019 @ 18:14 at 18:14
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          ernesto:trump understands what type of beasts you are

        • Dec 15, 2019 @ 20:36 at 20:36
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          TELL US ERNESTO WHY THE SHARMOUTA YOU CALL MOTHER SERVICES US ALL FOR FREE?

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 23:06 at 23:06
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    Forget Erdogan, What’s new about Trump peace plan called the “deal of century”?

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 23:13 at 23:13
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    A Den of Vipers Hissing, Rattling, & Tongue Slithering at each other mixed in with Scorpions from Turkey, UAE, Gaza & Iran! What happens to Serpent Satan Standing Up while Cursed to the Ground the Day of of Women’s Heel’s will Crush their Serpents Heads for not choosing a Culture of Peace for the entire Mideast!

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 23:25 at 23:25
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    Bid Will Be Accepted For Buying A Palestinian Terrorist To Restore The Turkish Empire Among Arab States & Date To Te Announced In The UAE! Only Cash On Delivery!

  • Dec 15, 2019 @ 0:11 at 0:11
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    Even DEBKA is misspelling The Turkish President’s name….it IS….Er-DOG-an !

  • Dec 15, 2019 @ 3:51 at 3:51
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    Israel should keep it’s eye on turkey seriously and start a good military plannings for it, that DOG is greedy and stupid.

  • Dec 15, 2019 @ 5:42 at 5:42
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    Mussolini vs. Erdogan – same thought system, same pathological personality, same fate.

  • Dec 15, 2019 @ 9:55 at 9:55
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  • Dec 15, 2019 @ 14:08 at 14:08
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    as usual this article is full of misturths..dahlan is wanted for financing a coup of a democratically elected government for the globalist empire..nothing more nothing less.

  • Dec 16, 2019 @ 2:42 at 2:42
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    Dahlan is the favorite of Elliott Abrams and the Neocons – he is nothing less than a full on Israeli agent

    Currently being run by UAE, he is synonymous with an Israeli

    • Dec 16, 2019 @ 3:39 at 3:39
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      GREAT NEWS! THANK YOU!

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:49 at 17:49
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    Turkey is anti – Semitic islamic terror state supporting Hamas ,ISIS and Iran. erDOGan is an i dio t obsessed with Israels destruction. Splitting Turkey into kurdish and turkish state will put an end to the ottoman dream for Yerushalaym. Turkey is a part of the anti- Israel block headed by Iran. Turkish support for Hamas is a serious issue and Israel should not Ignore it. Kick them out of NATO.

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