The Washington Times carries a report
today that Israeli intelligence is saying that Arafat is harboring terrorist fugitives in his compound. This information has been around for a while and is not new. The question is then why is it being talked about now. Last week Ma'ariv reported that the US was no longer guaranteeing Arafat's safety. Combining these two reports, its possible that these are very pointed warnings to Arafat that he could be next and justification for getting rid of him. Another conclusion could be that Israel plans to storm the Muqata to get these fugitives, and if Arafat is hurt in the operation then again there is prior justification for it.