(Times of Israel) Diaries kept by former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat reveal a secret deal to protect Italy from attacks by Palestinian terrorists, according to an Italian news outlet, which published excerpts of the documents Sunday.
In the diaries, published by the L’Espresso magazine, Arafat also writes about lying to help former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi avoid fraud charges, his friendship with former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his opposition to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War.
The 19 volumes from Arafat, the longtime head of the Palestine Liberation Organization who died in 2004, had been entrusted to a pair of trustees in Luxembourg, but were recently sold to a French foundation so they can be studied. The Italian report is the first time the diaries have been made public.
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