Arafat was Murdered, Israel is Suspected
Arafat, the leader of the Palestinian people since the 1970's, died many years ago of what was thought was from old age and a hard life. His wife and daughter long suspected his sudden demise in health was a bit odd and thought he had been poisoned. Of course, any Arab will immediately look at Israel as the murderer, but Arafat had many enemies for different reasons because the PLO and Hezbollah or Hamas were often disagreeing with him. His attempts to reach peace with Israel never was accepted by these more radical groups fighting for the same cause. Even the Russians, who he did not like nor trust, had cause to do the deed.
When the Swiss were invited to exhume his body, buried since 2004, to conduct tests, it was not known what might be found. Arafat was not liked by all since he had signed the 1993 peace treaty with Israel. The exhumed body revealed that Yasser Arafat was poisoned by polonium-210. Three groups took the samples: Swiss, French and Russian. The deadly polonium was found in trace elements in his underwear, teeth and clothing. Traces were found in his ribs, pelvis and soil around his body that were 18 times or more higher than normal.
The Russians murdered its spy, Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, because had defected to the West. Before he died, he accused of President Putin for his passing to come.
Polonium can only be got from a nuclear reactor. Even a small size, no bigger than a flake of dandruff in his drink, food, toothpaste would cause a rapid decline starting with acute gastroenteritis and diarrhea and severe flu-like symptoms. In fact, a flake of this size would kill 50 people when dissolved in water and drank.
Arafat was use to assassination attempts, he claimed to have survived 40 of them, his former aide witnessed 13 such attempts. The Israelis nearly did this in 1985 when jet bombers attacked his HQ. However, while 73 people were killed there, he had just left to go jogging and was unhurt. In Dec. 2001, the Israelis tried again with gunships and once again, missed.
So. there is good reason to suspect Israel because three years later he did die. Israel issued their usual no comment statement to the discovery of polonium in Arafat's body. It is the smoking gun that nobody will claim. However, the presence of polonium in tobacco smoke has been known since the early 1960's, Arafat was a heavy smoker.It is also commonly found in seafood in very small amounts.
The Swiss report of 108 pages is 85% sure Arafat was poisoned by polonium. As recalled by those present, on the evening of Oct. 12, Arafat suddenly fell ill after eating a meal with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. By the 29th, the previous healthy man was confined to a wheel chair and taken to France for tests.On Nov 10, he lapsed into a coma and died the next day.
The PLO is the mother of terrorist groups, which now has become splintered into Hamas, Hezbollah. There is no question many of their acts were terrorist activities and this is documented. Likewise, nearly all of the Israeli leaders have hated dealing with this terrorist and view him as such. So, I would say the most likely suspect was Israel.
But, who cares nine years after the fact? Nobody. Dead is dead.