Israel committed
to removing Arafat

By Aaron Klein

Following a WorldNetDaily exclusive article reporting the FBI is probing Arafat for his involvement in the 1973 murder of two U.S. diplomats, Israel’s Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said yesterday his government remains committed to “removing” Yasser Arafat from the Palestinian territories.

“The state of Israel will find the way and the right time to bring about the removal of Yasser Arafat from the region,” Mofaz said while answering listeners’ questions on Israel’s Army Radio.

Mofaz noted the Israeli security Cabinet’s decision last year to “remove” Arafat following a series of Palestinian suicide bombings. “I think it is still relevant,” Mofaz said.

The comments follow a WorldNetDaily report that after 31 years, the FBI is now gathering evidence about Arafat’s culpability in a March 1, 1973, operation in which eight members of the Black September terrorist organization, part of Arafat’s Fatah faction of the PLO, stormed the Saudi embassy in Khartoum, reportedly on Arafat’s orders, taking U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel, diplomat Charge d’Affaires George Curtis Moore and others hostage, and one day later, killing Noel, Moore and Belgian diplomat Guy Eid.

If Arafat is charged with the murders, a warrant would be issued for his arrest, making him a fugitive in the U.S.

Although Prime Minister Sharon and President Bush have isolated Arafat in his Ramallah compound for three years, and most countries refuse to meet him, the PLO leader has maintained a tight grip on Palestinian security forces, and Israel charges Arafat is still calling the shots of various terror organizations, including his own Fatah.

Raanan Gissin, chief spokesperson for Sharon, told WorldNetDaily the FBI case will help to further isolate Arafat.

“Arafat’s involvement in his murder is a fact. The case will serve to further tighten the isolation of Arafat by making him a fugitive in the U.S. This should be highly embarrassing to him. Not only is Arafat corrupt, but as we’ve always known, he is also a cold-blooded murderer.”

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