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Israel Says It Has No Plan Kill Arafat

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom Monday dismissed comments by a cabinet minister that Israel could kill Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, but the remarks served to increase international pressure for caution. Vice premier and Industry and Trade Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday “killing (Arafat) is definitely one of the options” also including exile or isolating him in his compound. The words, following an Israeli decision in principle to expel Arafat from the West Bank, drew anger in the Arab world and blank incredulity in Europe. “Assassination is an extremely dangerous thing,” Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told reporters during a visit to France. “If the Israelis assassinate Yasser Arafat and if everyone assassinates their adversary, then the world would be in total chaos,” he said, through a translator. Full Story

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