Envoy Says Israel Will Not Harm Arafat Physically

(Boston Globe) - Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon told editors of the Boston Globe Wednesday that the Israeli government will stand by Prime Minister Sharon's pledge to President Bush not to harm Arafat physically, even while it works to isolate him politically. Ayalon asserted there is growing international recognition that Arafat is the central obstacle to progress toward peace between Israelis and Palestinians. ''The next critical point is the removal of Arafat,'' Ayalon said. ''The mere fact that everything now seems to be at a standstill is because there is no partner'' with whom Israel can negotiate.

2003-10-24 00:00:00

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