Palestinian Presidential Guard
The Palestinian Presidential Guard (PPG) (Arabic: الحرس الرئاسي الفلسطيني) is a branch of the Palestinian Security Services under the direct control of the President of the State of Palestine. Its primary role is protection of the President and other VIPs, as well as execute ceremonial functions. The force may also execute special combat functions.
|Palestinian Presidential Guard|
Emblem of the Palestinian Presidential Guard
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The predecessor of the Presidential Guard was the "Presidential Security", established in 1994 by then President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Yasser Arafat and largely composed of members from Force 17.
In 2006, the Presidential Security was established as a separate force and renamed "Presidential Guard". The Presidential Guard was made up entirely of Fatah activists loyal to Abbas. The US was highly involved with the training of officers, coordinated by Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton. The training was part of a systematic effort to bolster Abbas and his Fatah loyalists to counter the political success of Hamas, who had won the 2006 Parliamentary elections and formed the new PA government. Hamas had formed its own security service within the Palestinian Authority, the Executive Force.
- The Military Balance, 2018, Vol. 118, No. 1, February 2018. Routledge. February 14, 2018. ISBN 9781857439557.
- The Palestinian Security Services: Past and Present. MIFTAH, 30 May 2006.
"Presidential Security: What was Yasser Arafat’s former personal-security force comprised of a highly trained group of some 3,000 officers, now guards Mahmoud Abbas. Most of these men were members of Force 17, an armed unit whose duties included guarding VIPs and securing important locations such the presidential compound in Ramallah."
- Entry-points to Palestinian Security Sector Reform, Appendix A, p. 161. Roland Friedrich and Arnold Luethold, DCAF, 2007
- U.S. training Fatah in anti-terror tactics. Matthew Kalman, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 December 2006
- U.S. Plan Would Expand Palestinian Leader’s Security Force. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 4 October 2006