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Israel Plans for Event of Arafat's Death

Israel is worried about chaos that might follow the death of Yasser Arafat and will do everything possible to prevent the Palestinian leader from being buried in Jerusalem, according to a contingency plan obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The five-page document, prepared by the Foreign Ministry, lays out a series of forecasts about what might follow Arafat’s death: the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, a challenge by Islamic militants, and upheaval in other parts of the Middle East. Despite Israeli efforts to isolate the Palestinian leader, Arafat continues to wield tremendous influence. The plan shows that he will remain a subject of concern to Israel — even in death. Full Story

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