Powerful regional actors are floating the name of a fierce critic of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a more flexible replacement, former fellow Neri Zilber (Israel, 2011-2013) reports in a profile of former top Palestinian official Mohammed Dahlan for the new Middle East news outlet Newlines Magazine.

“From the US to Israel and Egypt to Saudi Arabia,” he writes, “there are many in government who likely see [Dahlan] as a possible alternative to the long-serving Abbas: ‘their’ Palestinian who could influence events in the Holy Land and maybe (just maybe) get the Palestinians, in Trumpian terms, ‘on the right side of history.’”


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