Dahlan is well placed to negotiate tri-laterally between Hamas, Fatah and Egypt.
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An exiled Palestinian politician who quietly negotiated a power-sharing deal for Gaza with former arch foe Hamas discussed the details for the first time in an interview, saying he expects it to lead to a swift opening of the blockaded territory's border with Egypt and an easing of crippling power outages. The Egypt-Gaza border crossing is expected to open by late August and funding has been secured for a $100 million power plant, Mohammad Dahlan, a former Gaza security chief, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from the United Arab Emirates. Dahlan said his chemistry with Gaza's newly elected Hamas chief, Yahya Sinwar, helped forge the once unthinkable alliance. Dahlan dismissed concerns that his deal with Hamas will gradually turn Gaza into a separate entity.He said Abbas' Palestinian Authority supports Gaza with $1.2 billion every year, covering wages of ex-loyalists, social welfare payments and electricity. He suggested Dahlan and Hamas would be unable to cover such sums. Dahlan is to raise money and advocate for Gaza abroad.He hasn't been back to Gaza since the Hamas takeover in 2007 .
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