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Report: Erekat says he fears for Abbas' life
Published Friday 03/01/2014 (updated) 04/01/2014 10:51
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said Friday that he feared President Mahmoud Abbas might be killed by Israel, according to an international Arabic newspaper.

Erekat told Asharq al-Awsat that he had read letters from Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman addressed to various European countries. He said the letters demanded the removal of Abbas, deeming him a danger to Israel.

"The Israelis have this approach," Erekat said. "Before President Arafat was killed with poison, there were voices in Sharon's government that said Arafat was an obstacle who must be removed, and they are doing that again."

The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in France on Nov. 11, 2004 at the age of 75, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death. No autopsy was carried out at the time, in line with his widow's request.

His remains were exhumed in November 2012, partly to investigate whether he had been poisoned with radioactive polonium.

French and Russian scientists ruled out poisoning as a cause of death, while a Swiss report said high levels of radioactive polonium indicated third party involvement in Arafat's death.

Israel has always denied involvement.

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Fear / Fright
03/01/2014 16:23
He should fear for his own life - he did enough harm to Palestinians and Israelis alike.

2 ) Outlier / USA
03/01/2014 19:20
More likely, should he have the courage to make a peace agreement with Israel that isn't strictly pre-1967 boundaries and loses much of East Jerusalem, he will be assassinated by right-wing Palestinians. By the way, didn't Erekat RESIGN???

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/01/2014 05:04
'Erekat says he fears for Abbas' life.' Why? Is he going to be appointed envoy to Prague?

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/01/2014 05:06
To Fear #1: 'He should fear for his own life - he did enough harm to Palestinians and Israelis alike.' On the contrary. Regrettably, he did a great deal FOR Israel. He's up there with Laval and Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski. Zionists could at least be suitably appreciative.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/01/2014 05:08
To Outlier #2: 'More likely, should he have the courage to make a peace agreement with Israel that isn't strictly pre-1967 boundaries and loses much of East Jerusalem' You mean like demand the 1947 borders? If so, you've got a point. Those ARE legally mandated, Israel DID accept them, and they are the closest thing to an authentic 'compromise' that's ever been proposed. The Palestinians would have to make 'painful sacrifices,' but...

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/01/2014 05:12
'Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said Friday that he feared President Mahmoud Abbas might be killed by Israel...' Mildly ridiculous, really. How could Israel ask for anything more?

7 ) Wilhelm / Sweden
04/01/2014 09:29
French and Russian scientists ruled out poisoning as a cause of death involvement in Arafat's death. But Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat ( didn't he resign?) said Friday that he feared President Mahmoud Abbas might be killed by Israel. ARABS always says it is Israel when they have internal problems.

8 ) Dimi / Germany
04/01/2014 11:00
Mr. Erekat should read the papers of French and Russian scientists who ruled out poisoning of Arafat and not believe the rumours of "yellow press". It is not wise and fair to blame Israel for everything that happens and is not in favor of Palestinians. From such a politician I expect more reality.

9 ) Lilith / The World
04/01/2014 11:22
The last thing Israel or anyone wants is for Abbas to be removed. If he goes that leaves the Muslim Brotherhood and that would be a disaster for everyone

10 ) Esmerelda / Notre Dame, France
04/01/2014 19:16
#8 Dimi - .."It is not wise and fair to blame Israel for everything that happens and is not in favor of Palestinians..." - No, but it helps! As the old adage goes "All is fair in love & war", and love is definitely not on the agenda here.

11 ) omar yahaya mohd / Nigeria
04/01/2014 23:48
I believe with this comment by the chief negotiator.it is open for the eyes of the word to understand that isreal doesnt value the life of an averages palastinian. they kil arafat so definitely Abbas can be kill since he follow the philosophy of arafat.thier philosophy is freedom for palastinian.which isreal sees it as a threat.

12 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
05/01/2014 12:48
Hey Colin - the day you are prepared to make a peace treaty with the native Americans on the pre-1776 boundaries is the day I will believe anything you say. Actually, the native Americans will probably want the pre-1607 borders, not 1776. Wow, that means your war crimes and occupation go back 407 years! Very impressive! So, Colin, are you a decent enough human being to admit the truth and make peace with the nations on whose stolen land you live?

13 ) Joseph / USA
05/01/2014 19:16
The Zionist plan, per, is to take ALL the land from the Jordan to the Med,, Lebanon and Syria. The Process is only a subterfuge for their real intent.
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