JERUSALEM – Israel’s army chief suggested Tuesday that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah would eventually be assassinated by Israel.
The army chief, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, was asked whether, after Israel’s killing of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin, Arafat and Nasrallah would be next.
“I think that their (Arafat’s and Nasrallah’s) responses yesterday show that they understand that it is nearing them,” Yaalon said.
“In the long term, I hope that this will be a sign to all those who choose to hurt us that this will be their end,” Yaalon said.
Arafat’s aides said Monday the Palestinian leader was concerned he could now be in Israel’s crosshairs. Israel’s Cabinet decided last year that Arafat should be “removed,” but never said whether this meant killing him and never acted on the decision.
It was not clear what response by Nasrallah the army chief was referring to.