Jerusalem, 3 May 1999

Netanyahu Responds to Palestinian-Iranian Ties

(Communicated by Prime Minister’s Media Advisor)

Following reports of Yasser Arafat’s intention to establish diplomatic relations with Iran, and to raise the status of foreign missions in the territories, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last night (Sunday), 2.5.99: "Arafat’s intention to establish close relations with Iran demonstrates the danger to be posed if a Palestinian state is created. It will bring Iran Israel’s great enemy to our doorstep."

The Prime Minister added: "If it is true that the Palestinian Authority is acting to raise the level of its relations with other countries, this would constitute a flagrant violation of the Oslo Accord and Israel would be obliged to take aggressive action."