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LAND OF PALESTINE / How a Mossad plot to kill Yasser Arafat nearly cost me my life
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 09/02/2018
Translations available: Français 

How a Mossad plot to kill Yasser Arafat nearly cost me my life

Uri Avnery أوري أفنيري אורי אבנרי


According to Ronen Bergman's new book, it's a miracle I'm still alive. Here’s my recollection of the fateful day I met the PLO leader in Beirut and lived to tell the tale

Israeli journalist Uri Avnery meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat in Beirut, Lebanon, July, 1982. Photo Anat Saragusti

Having read Ronen Bergman’s report that then-Defense Minister Ariel Sharon didn’t care if I were killed in an assassination attempt on Yasser Arafat, I’m grateful for the precautions the PLO chief took.

According to Bergman’s revelations, it’s a miracle I’m still alive.


Bergman is a journalist who has specialized in covering Israel’s secret services, and he has obtained a lot of information from them. Now his book “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations” has been published in the United States. Excerpts appeared in the New York Times.

One revelation in the book concerns my meeting with Arafat in July, 1982 in besieged Beirut during the first Lebanon war, when Ariel Sharon was defense minister. Sharon had a pathological hatred for Arafat. Bergman recounts that the Mossad learned that I was going to meet with Arafat, and its people secretly shadowed me to find him and kill him. Sharon didn’t care if I would also be killed in the course of this action. To him, that would have been a small price to pay.

Courtesy of Ha'aretz
Publication date of original article: 04/02/2018
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Tags: Mossad killingsTargeted killingsArafatIsrael's dirty warPalestine/Israel

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