Ex-Fatah member ‘Dahlan’ joins via video PLC session in Gaza

Dismissed Fatah member Mohammed Dahlan yesterday attended via video link an emergency session of the Palestinian Legislative Council held in Gaza to discuss the Israeli measures in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Quds Press reported.

According to the site’s correspondent, Dahlan spoke during the session for the first time since the Palestinian divisions in June 2007.

In his speech, Dahlan discussed his recent understandings with Hamas saying the two “have succeeded in restoring hope to our heroic people in the Gaza Strip and to alleviate their suffering from long and comprehensive injustice”.

“These understandings have begun to bear fruit, but we are still at the beginning of the road,” he added.

Palestinian political analyst Ibrahim Al-Madhoun described Dahlan’s participation as “a positive and natural step within his rights as a deputy, and serious proof of understandings between Hamas and his political group”.

Speaking to Quds Press, Al-Madhoun stressed that “disrupting the Legislative Council serves only despotism and division” adding that “activating the Legislative Council will balance the authorities monopolised by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and will push him to take balanced steps instead of those that deepened the gap and exacerbated the crises.”