posted on Apr, 2 2004 @ 07:57 AM
Before this morning's standoff at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Israel's prime minister Sharon stated that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah could become targets for assassination.
In an interviews published today, Sharon made his most direct threats against the leader of the PLO and Lebanese guerrilla forces. His threats were
supported by his vice premier Ehud Olmert and Israel's army chief, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, who made veiled threats against Arafat and Nasrallah last
week. However, security officials said at the time there were no plans to target the two.
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"We need to get out of Gaza, not to be responsible any more for what happens there," Sharon told Maariv. "I hope that by next Passover we will be
in the midst of disengagement, because disengagement is good for Israel."
The prime minister told Yediot that after the withdrawal Israel would consider cutting off water and electricity to Gaza if attacks against Israelis
Asked by Haaretz whether Arafat and Nasrallah are targets for assassination, Sharon said: "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."
Sharon told Maariv that Arafat "has no insurance policy." Sharon added that "today, everyone knows Arafat is the obstacle (blocking) any
Palestinian officials said they are taking Sharon's threats seriously. "With these threats, Sharon is threatening the future of the peace process in
the region," said Arafat aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh.
A spokesman for Nasrallah declined to comment.
[Edited on 4-2-2004 by worldwatcher]