Dahlan to Hamas: 'Don't Recognize Israel'

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CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Fatah activist Mohammed Dahlan advised his Hamas counterparts to stick by their refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist, which Fatah also embraces.

In an interview on Palestinian Authority's PA official satellite television station, Dahlan called media reports that Fatah was pressuring Hamas on Israel's right to exist "misleading."

"They [Hamas] say that Fatah has asked to recognize Israel's right to exist, and this is a big deception," Dahlan said.

"For the one thousandth time, I want to reaffirm that we are not asking Hamas to recognize Israel's right to exist. Rather, we are asking Hamas not to do so because Fatah never recognized Israel's right to exist," he said.

Dahlan went on to explain that it was the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), and not Fatah, that acknowledged Israel's right to exist with the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

"We acknowledge that the PLO did recognize Israel's right to exist, but we are not bound by it as a resistance faction," Dahlan said.

Dahlan, the PA's former security chief, has laid low since the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, but he's resurfaced of late.

Recently appointed special advisor by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Dahlan said he had been providing Abbas with "advice and ideas" on the reconciliation talks with Hamas.

Dahlan, 48, who co-founded the Fatah youth movement in 1981, spent six years in Israeli prisons for multiple terror attacks committed during the first intifada ARMED PALESTINIAN UPRISING between 1987 and 1994.

Nicknamed the strongman for his alleged brutality on the streets, Dahlan served as Fatah security chief prior to the Hamas takeover of Gaza.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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