Speculation that Israel may have poisoned Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat is farfetched, particularly with so many other compelling theories, says Dr. Paul Bonicelli, former delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.
"One of the first places to look is at that snake pit of Ramallah. Why in the world wouldn't it have been one of the Palestinian leaders that were his rivals?," Bonicelli, now executive vice president of Regent University, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"The man had rivals his entire career even to the very end, even when he was clearly aged and ailing from something. [One possibility] is they're trying to cover up that maybe he had AIDS.
"So the idea that it was Israel. Israel has motive, Israel has the ability … but that doesn't prove it, especially when there are so many other motivations."
In addition, Arafat was not that much of a problem to Israel making an assassination necessary, according to Bonicelli.
"Assassination is usually not a very good idea. I would say it's sometimes useful and sometimes helpful, but most of the time it just creates more problems for you," he said.
"Arafat was not that big of a factor. He was definitely a thorn … in Israel's side, but it is not as though he was a crusader leading armies anywhere and was fairly well-contained."
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