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Dahlan's Democratic Reform Current: 'Abbas should have visited Gaza instead of Gantz'

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during a Christmas lunch with members of the Christian Orthodox community on January 6, 2017, in Beit Sahur, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during a Christmas lunch with members of the Christian Orthodox community on January 6, 2017, in Beit Sahur, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]

The Democratic Reform Current, the Fatah branch led by dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, has criticised President Mahmoud Abbas's visit to Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz's home in Tel Aviv, Safa Press Agency reported on Friday.

"Visiting your house in Gaza would have given you more honour than visiting the house of the Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz," spokesperson for the Democratic Reform Current in Gaza, Salah Al-Owaisi, announced during the celebration of the 57th anniversary of the Fatah movement.

"Gantz's soldiers kill our women at the checkpoints, and his army protects the settler violence in Burqa, Beita and Sheikh Jarrah," Owaisi asserted.

He strongly deplored Abbas for the security cooperation with Israel while ignoring Palestinian partners and "conspiring" against them.

"Fifteen years of support for the occupation against Gaza is enough," he declared, adding:

Here, in Gaza, there is the strategic reserve, the revolution and the fight against the occupation.

Owaisi added: "From here, we are calling on you to come to Gaza and reunite the country in order to regain the power of our cause, return the principles of the revolution and regain the rights of the freedom fighters. Resistance is a lifestyle and the resistance arms are a red line that no one can use as a bargaining chip."

He called for reuniting Fatah and reunifying all Palestinians and their factions. He also hailed the martyrs and prisoners for striving for their rights.

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