On September 11, the Israeli cabinet threatened to "remove" Yasser Arafat, the President of the Palestinian Authority. Avi Dichyer, chief of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, advocates Arafat's death rather than his exile. Ehud Olmert, Israel's Deputy Prime Minister, conceded assassination was an option.
This week, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon backed off under American and European pressure. Still, Arafat finds himself the focus of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, again.