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March 14, 2014 8:00 am

Abbas Accuses Former Aide of Spying for Israel, Involvement in Arafat’s Death

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Mahmoud Abbas being interviewed on RT. Photo: Screenshot.

Times of Israel Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hinted that a former top Fatah official and several of his cohorts had assisted Israel against the Palestinians over a decade ago, igniting a storm among Palestinians.

Abbas’s hour-long laundry list of accusations, including the charge of spying, against former aide Mohammed Dahlan — delivered to a closed-door meeting of the Fatah Revolutionary Council Monday but released publicly on Wednesday — signaled that the battle over who will succeed the 79-year-old Palestinian president is heating up.

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