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Official PA daily: "Israel made dozens of secret and overt attempts to assassinate him [Arafat]... culminating in his siege and poisoning"

Op-ed by Yahya Yakhlif, head of the directorial council and editor in chief of the official PA daily
     “And as I said [before], Yasser Arafat had been a target throughout the entire [period] he led the revolution and the PLO, and Israel made dozens of secret and overt attempts to assassinate him, from the moment he entered the territories occupied in 1967, through the attack on his central base in Al-Karameh, the Israel Air Force attack on his operational headquarters in Hammam Al-Shatt in Tunisia and other events which were not publicized, culminating in his [being under] siege and poisoning in the Muqata’a (the PA’s Presidential Headquarters).”

Al-Karameh - In 1968, Israeli army forces attacked the Al-Karameh village in Jordan, where Fatah terrorists were launching attacks on Israel. Arafat used the event for propaganda purposes, declaring the battle a great victory that erased the disgrace of the 1967 Six Day War defeat.
Hammam Al-Shatt - In October 1985, Israel Air Force warplanes attacked the PLO headquarters in Hammam Al-Shatt near Tunis, in retaliation for the PLO’s hijacking of a yacht and murder of 3 Israeli tourists off the coast of Cyprus a few days previously. The attack destroyed the PLO headquarters and, according to Israeli sources, killed approximately 60 PLO members, including leaders of the group responsible for the murders of the Israeli tourists and several of Arafat's bodyguards. Arafat himself was not present at the time of the attack.
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