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Report: Egypt Pressuring Aging Palestinian Authority President Abbas to Appoint Successor

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: via Wikimedia Commons.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: via Wikimedia Commons.

Egypt is pressuring 81-year-old Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to appoint a successor, and the Arab League is pushing the Palestinians to mend their internal political rifts as quickly as possible, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Monday.

As part of this effort, Egypt, the report said, is planning to launch an all-out Palestinian reconciliation push after Fatah’s internal elections on Nov. 29, even if this undermines Abbas’ standing.

According to the nrg report, Islamic Jihad representatives recently met with Egyptian officials in Cairo, and Hamas — the terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip — is also trying to build ties with the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

Furthermore, the report said, Arab League member-states are seeking to bring 55-year-old former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan — an Abbas rival — back into the Palestinian political picture, for the purpose of making him a potential successor to the aging PA president.

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The Palestinians have remained politically divided since Hamas violently ousted Fatah — which controls the PA — from Gaza in 2007. Various reconciliation efforts have failed to come to full fruition.

Earlier this year, as reported by The Algemeiner, an Israeli expert on Arab affairs warned that the PA’s grip on the West Bank was weakening.

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