posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 09:16 PM
Based on speculation of the inevitable demise of 74-year-old Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who's hands and lips tremble with the signs of what
many believe could be Parkinson's disease. The Israeli Government is planning for his death and the potential chaos which may follow, and has now
made it clear they will do everything possible to prevent the Palestinian leader from being buried in Jerusalem...
ABCNEWS.com Full Article
JERUSALEM July 14, 2004 — 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. The plan includes recommendations on how to contain what Israel expects to be an extremely volatile
environment. The stickiest issue, it says, will be where to bury Arafat.
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No one working with or for Arafat has ever indicated where he wants to be buried. But many believe that his wish is to be laid to rest at the Al Aqsa
Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, a supreme honor for Muslims.
Israeli leaders are making it clear in a morbid way while Arafat is still among the living that they will do everything possible to prevent his burial
Arafat has been seen as public enemy #1 by many Israelis, responsible for many terrorist suicide bombings and as one standing in the way of peace with
the Palestinian people, and the mastermind of the "suicide attacks" on the Israeli people.
But Arafat to the Palestinian people is seen as a hero one who is a world leader, and the man that has inspired the struggle for a free and separate