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Rajoub also said that “for the moment, we have no nuclear weapons but, by God, if only we did, we would start using it this very morning

By Rhonda Spivak, May 7, 2013, updated May 18, 2013

I met Jabril Rajoub, senior Fatah member five years ago in Jerusalem which is why a news item on May 1 about Rajoub caught my attention. According to Iran’s IRNA news agency, Rajoub suggested that Fatah seek closer bilateral relations with Iran.


“The senior Fatah official hoped Palestinians would witness freedom of their lands by continuous support being offered by Iran and other supporters of Palestine as well,” IRNA said.

According to the Jewish Weekly Review, "Officials said Iran and Hizbullah were seeking to co-opt members of the Fatah leadership, particularly the Central Committee. They said the campaign was meant to prod the ruling Palestinian movement into a diplomatic relationship with Teheran."



Rajoub, who is deputy secretary general of Fatah’s Central Committee, head of the Palestinian Olympic committee and former director of the Preventive Security Force in the West Bank, told Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadeen on May 1 that, for Fatah, “resistance to Israel remains on our agenda.” “I mean resistance in all of its forms,” he elaborated, (which presumably includes violence against Israel.)


Just in case anyone thought that the PA was attempting to moderate its positions, Rajoub's statements above should provide a reality check.


Moreover,as Attorney Nadav Ha'etzni wrote in Maariv May 16,the Lebanese television news station Al-Mayadeen broadcast an interview it held with Rajoub earlier this month, in which he said: “We Palestinians are Israel’s enemies-and no one else. We are the source of Israel’s worries, we are here on this land, and this land is ours. They are our enemies and our war is against them...not just as Palestinians, but as Arabs and as Muslims.” 

Rajoub also said that “for the moment, we have no nuclear weapons but, by God, if only we did, we would start using it this very morning.” (emphasis added)

Rajoub previously served as the head of the PA’s Preventative Security Force and as a young man he spent 15 years in prison in Israel for terrorist activity, until he was freed in a hostage exchange.

In late 2012 he  

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