Fatah calls for an end to Iranian meddling in Palestinian affairs

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Amman, Jordan, October 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Amman, Jordan, October 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party issues a statement rejecting Iranian involvement in Palestinian internal affairs.

“This external interference, particularly by Iran, has no other objective than to sow chaos in the Palestinian internal arena, which will only benefit the Israeli occupation and the enemies of our people,” the statement reads.

“We will not allow our sacred cause and the blood of our people to be exploited for suspicious plots that have nothing to do with them,” it says.

“We will be on the lookout for those tamperers, and will cut off the hand that seeks to meddle in our affairs, or harm our security services, or any of our national institutions,” it adds.

Iran is considered to be one of the main state sponsors of the terror groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and has provided them with money, weapons and training for years.

The PA has been seeking to distance itself from Hamas after attempts at reconciliation and at forming a national unity government failed. The PA is international pressure to sideline the terror group in the future governance of Gaza.

Three weeks ago, Fatah accused Hamas of returning the “Israeli occupation” to Gaza through its “October 7 adventure,” calling it a worse catastrophe than that caused by the establishment of Israel in 1948.

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