The Palestinian Authority and Iran will seek to divert international attention from Iran’s nuclear program to that of Israel’s, according to a PLO official just back from a visit to Tehran.
Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said on Monday that they plan to revive the idea of an international conference to force Israel to dismantle its alleged nuclear arsenal, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Israel has never officially confirmed or denied that it possesses nuclear weapons.
Majdalani claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has used the issue of Iran’s nuclear program to avoid the peace process with the Palestinians, and that Iran poses no threat to peace.
An Israeli government official said he was concerned by the report.
“The PA’s alliance with Iran proves that its issue with Israel is not about borders or settlements, but rather Israel’s right to exist,” the official said.
“I would say the PA’s relationship with Iran, like its relationship with Hamas, is a matter of serous concern. Both Iran and Hamas believe Israel should be obliterated. They say so openly, that Israel should be destroyed,” he added.
“The fact that they feel comfortable forming alliances with Iran raises questions about their [the Palestinians’] own commitment to peace and reconciliation.”