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PLO Says Nuclear Threat to Israel Also Threatens Palestinians

Head of the PLO's mission to the United States says "any threat to Israel by nuclear strikes is a threat to the Palestinian society"

Washington, D.C., April 7, 2006 - Afif Safieh, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization's mission to the United States, told the Voice of America (VOA) that "any threat to Israel by nuclear strikes is a threat to the Palestinian society."

Safieh's remarks came during an interview scheduled to air tomorrow (April 8) on VOA's daily Persian language TV program Khabarha va Nazarha (News and Views). Safieh told VOA that Iranian President Ahmadinejad's comments about wiping Israel off the map were "vehement, vociferous statements that didn't have any realistic dimension. I believe that they were extremely unhelpful to Iran itself and to Palestine as such."

Safieh pointed out the danger of such a threat, saying, "Any threat to Israel by nuclear strikes is a threat to the Palestinian society, because you are not unaware under Israel there is still Palestine, and among Israelis there are as many Palestinians who live there. So nuclear future strike, which I believe is implausible, will be a threat to the Palestinian society as well because of the interpenetration of both societies and the geographic overlapping of the two communities." He said such statements were "unnecessary, unwise, unhelpful, to Iran and to Palestine."

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