Remembering Sharon's Threat to Kill Arafat

Now that the Swiss autopsy determined that Yasser Arafat had been poisoned by radioactive polonium the question is "Who did it?". Polonium is hardly a usual murder weapon and one would think that only governments would have access to it.

There was one very clear threat to kill Arafat, from the then Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon in September 2004.

According to "The Guardian" Sharon told the Israeli paper Ma'ariv, "We operated against Ahmed Yassin and Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi when we thought the time was suitable. On the matter of Arafat we'll operate in the same way, when we find the convenient and suitable time. One needs to find the time and to do what has to be done," said Mr Sharon.

Yassin and al-Rantissi were executed by Israel missiles.

Arafat started to get sick one month later. He died November 11, 2004.

Sharon suffered a severe stroke in 2006 and lost consciousness. He is technically still alive and only had a feeding tube inserted this year.

In 2009 senior PLO leader Farouk al-Khaddoumi claimed that PA President Abbas had a hand in Arafat's killing