Israeli Security Cabinet Votes to Expel Yasser Arafat From West Bank Hot

Israeli Security Cabinet Votes to Expel Yasser Arafat From West Bank

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Israel's security cabinet votes to expel Yasser Arafat from the West Bank, describing him as an "absolute obstacle to the process of reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians."

Israel decides, however, to put off any immediate action to put this decision into effect because they want to avoid a confrontation with the United States. Yasser Arafat has declared that he will never leave voluntarily and fully expects to be killed by the Israeli government.

Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has to make a point of denying that his government intends to kill Arafat:

"It is not the official policy of the Israeli government. We don't speak about any killing. We didn't speak about it before, and we don't speak about it today."

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