During the course of the threeway summit meeting at Erez, Israel
gave the Americans a list of weapons which the Palestinian Authority
(PA) has in its possession in violation of the Oslo Accords. Israel
is demanding that these weapons be collected immediately and transferred
to the Americans for destruction.
The list was prepared by Israeli intelligence. Security
sources say that the weapons included on the list indicate that
the Palestinian Authority is intensively preparing for a military
clash with Israel, after they learned the lessons of the Western
Wall tunnel unrest two years ago.
According to the list, the Palestinians have thousands of pistols,
assault rifles and submachine guns in excess of what is permitted
under the accords, as well as an unknown number of heavy machine
guns and light ammunition.
The PA also has weapons which it is forbidden to possess
under the accords, such as thousands of hand grenades and antipersonnel
mines, a number of mortars, thousands of kilograms of explosives,
hundreds of grenade launchers, dozens of R.P.G.s and Lau antitank
missiles and even a number of antiaircraft and antihelicopter
Security sources expressed concerns that the PA has begun to manufacture
weapons, after they recently passed a law permitting this in violation
of the agreements.