Ex-President Bush sought to dispose of Arafat

Published February 1st, 2023 - 07:15 GMT
Bush and Israeli leaders in Keffiye
An Israeli rightwing activist holds a banner bearing the portraits of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L), Late President Shimon Peres (R) and US President George W. Bush (C) all wearing the infamous Keffiye of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, during a demonstration against the visit of Bush to Israel and the Palestinian Territories in Jerusalem, 10 January 2008. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Former U.S. President George W. Bush reportedly told the CIA to find an alternative to Yasser Arafat, according to information released in classified British documents 19 years after the death of the Palestinian leader in food poisoning. 

The revelation splashed social media platforms, with commentaries and posts focused on a set of deliberations that took place before and during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which broke out on Sept. 29, 2001. 

At the time, the American administration was active in bringing the Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table after an active peace process under the Bill Clinton administration, which stalled later.

Bush, who took office in January 2001, was reportedly dismayed by the lack of progress in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. He allegedly called for finding an alternative to Arafat, as  revealed in the British documents.

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