Sharon is desperate to prevent further Palestinian attacks. He's built the wall, he's imprisoned Palestinians in their own towns and villages, as well as in Gaza. He's killed the leader of Hamas. Now, stepping up the pressure, he's warning Arafat to stop any further attacks or they will finally go after him even though for years now they have had him under a kind of house arrest monitoring and listening to his every move.
Sharon: Israel Might Move Against Arafat
By Associated Press
April 1, 2004, 2:10 PM EST
JERUSALEM -- Israel might move against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who has been confined to his West Bank headquarters for more than two years, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday.
Israel TV reported that Sharon made the comment in a series of interviews he gave for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover. The interviews are to appear in Israeli newspapers and on radio and TV stations Friday.
Sharon said that Arafat cannot remain where he is forever, and it is not impossible that Israel will act against him in the future, Israel TV and another reporter present in the interviews said. The TV did not immediately broadcast excerpts of the interview.
Several months ago Israel's Cabinet declared that Arafat is responsible for Palestinian violence and should be "removed," and several Cabinet ministers have called frequently for his expulsion or killing.
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