April 23, 2004

Pouring gasoline onto the fire.

Apparently not content merely to assassinate the head of Hamas and announce plans to annex Palestinian land to Israel, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon now appears to be targetting Palestinian President President Yasser Arafat and Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

In an interview with Haaretz, Sharon said that Arafat and Nasrallah may be targets for assassination: 'I wouldn't suggest that either of them feel immune ... Anyone who kills a Jew or harms an Israeli citizen or sends people to kill Jews is a marked man. Period.' And talking to Maariv, he said that Arafat 'has no insurance policy.'

Sharon's thinly veiled threats against Arafat are a reversal of promises to the US that Israel would not harm the Palestinian president. Israel TV's Channel 2 reports that Sharon has already told Dubya that the Arafat promise is history:

Sharon said he told Bush about his change of position in a meeting in Washington last week.

"I told the president the following," Sharon said. "In our first meeting about three years ago, I accepted your request not to harm Arafat physically. I told him I understand the problems surrounding the situation, but I am released from that pledge."

Sharon declined to elaborate and would not say how Bush responded.

Via AP and Jerusalem Post.

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