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Friday, April 23, 2004

Sharon issues another "veiled threat" against Arafat

AFP: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued yet another veiled threat against Yasser Arafat, saying the Palestinian leader "no longer has immunity from attack" by the Jewish state.

"I promised (US) President George W. Bush three years ago not to attack Arafat, but I am no longer bound by that promise, and (Arafat) no longer has immunity," Sharon said.

In a quick retort, Palestinian negotiations minister Saeb Erakat told AFP Sharon "has decided to physically attack president Arafat. That would open the way to yet more violence and bloodshed."
That rhetoric is getting really old. What are they going to do? Rally? Call for the deaths of Jews? Burn things? Blow themselves up? The shock value has worn off.

Masked Palestinian militants, carrying Hamas flags, march in the
streets of Ramallah during a mass rally organized by the Islamic
Resistance Movement in honor of its late leader Abdelaziz Rantissi.
(AFP/Abbas Momani)

Palestinian Hamas supporters chant anti-Israel slogan during a rally at
the Khan Younis refugee camp southern Gaza Strip April 23, 2004.
Thousands of Hamas supporters attended the rally at a memorial
service of slain Hamas leader Abedel Aziz al-Rantissi.
REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Masked Palestinian Hamas activists burn a mock Israeli helicopter and
the Israeli flag and U.S. flags in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Friday,
April 23, 2004 during a memorial event for the late Hamas leader killed
by Israel last week Abdel Aziz Rantisi. In the backround a portrait of the
former Hamas leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin who was also killed by
Israel last March 22. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

If they want attention, they're going to have to do something really different, like negotiate a settlement.