Netanyahu: PA can't be subcontractor for defense

Opposition leader lambasts gov't for giving Palestinians armored vehicles, says they'll be turned against IDF.

bibi netanyahu frank 224 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
bibi netanyahu frank 224
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
"No one can be a subcontractor for our defense. [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas cannot constitute a solution for our defensive problems," opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, days after Israel announced that it would allow the Palestinian Authority to purchase 600 armored vehicles from Russia and deploy them in the West Bank. "The idea of entrusting the PA with our security has failed in the past in Gaza and it will also fail in Judea and Samaria," Netanyahu said at a conference at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. "The notion that we will provide the PA with weapons in its present state and believe that those weapons will protect us is a nonsensical one." "Those weapons will be turned against IDF soldiers much faster than we think. This is exactly what happened in Gaza," Netnayahu said, adding that the government was erring in allowing the delivery of the armored vehicles. "They cannot protect us and Hamas will use these weapons against us. The [current]security problems are the result of policy errors." Netanyahu voiced his agreement with a Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's recent statement to the effect that there was an Iranian presence in the Gaza Strip. He also warned that the government's policy in negotiations with the Palestinians over Jerusalem and the West Bank could cause the situation to deteriorate in those regions, as it had in the North and in the western Negev.