Foreign Arabs who are classified by the United Nations as refugees are the “nuclear weapon” of the Palestinian Authority, according to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s information technology advisor. He is quoted in an article on the official PA website WAFA.
The “nuclear weapon” refers to Arab plans to stage a massive march of hundreds of thousands of foreign Arabs on Israel’s borders. Sunday’s “Naksa Day” border demonstrations were generally considered a failure, and only several hundred Syrian Arabs, reportedly paid to appear at the Golan Heights border, showed up. Lebanon declared its border a closed military a zone, effectively preventing an attempt to cross into Israel.
The article in WAFA, reported and translated by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), was written by Sabri Saidam, who is the secretary-general of the Fatah Revolution Council. The Fatah movement is headed by Abbas.
The term “refugees” refers to approximately five million Arabs, most of them living in Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and who are children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of 550,000 Arabs who left Israel in the War for Independence in 1948 and the Six Day War in 1967.
Most of them fled with the encouragement of Arab armies, whose leaders assured them they would return quickly after the expected annihilation of Israel.
Abbas has demanded that any future Palestinian Authority state be established on condition that all of the foreign Arabs be allowed to immigrate to Israel, a move that would in effect reduce Jews to a small minority and eliminate Israel as a “Jewish state.”
Abbas’ has refused to accept Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand to recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.” Doing so would create a built-in obstacle to the logic of Israel’s allowing foreign Arabs to flood the country.
Saidam wrote that the march of May 15, the secular date of Israel’s Independence Day that Arabs called the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe,” revealed the “new Palestinian ‘nuclear weapon,’ more powerful than Israel's entire arsenal.”
The May 15 marches also were relatively small, but Saidam claimed, “The Palestinians have begun moving their new, quality 'nuclear weapon' across the borders – while the massive arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, cluster and phosphorous [bombs], and the entire spectrum of WMDs rests in Israel's storage facilities, nuclear reactors, and laboratories, paralyzed by the footfall of a Palestinian youth….
"The new Palestinian nuclear weapon is the refugees outside and inside the homeland – [who seek] a just peace but who will not turn to it until the occupation is gone – as well as others whom the occupation has made miserable, whose hopes and dreams are hobbled by the occupation, and who have been filled with the stories of the homeland [told them by their] grandmothers and grandfathers.”
The expression "nuclear weapon" is out of place in the context of a" just peace" until it is realized that this peace eliminates Israel.