From the UK Telegraph:
The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has caused outrage by accusing Israel of murdering Yasser Arafat.
He used what was billed as a speech on democratic reform to accuse Israel of a “methodical and organised” killing.
Mr Assad, who himself is suspected of ordering the killing of the Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, said: “Of the many assassinations that Israel carried out in a methodical and organised way, the most dangerous thing that Israel did was the assassination of President Yasser Arafat.”
He told a conference of Arab lawyers in Damascus:”This was under the world’s gaze and its silence, and not one state dared to issue a statement or stance towards this, as though nothing happened.”
The exact cause of Arafat’s death, which followed a brain haemorrhage and coma in 2004, has never been made public, but Israel has always denied accusations that it poisoned him.
“When the Syrian president thinks up this sort of delusional accusation one has to wonder what is going on behind the scenes in Damascus,” said Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman Mark Ragev. “We have said on more than one occasion that we are for a full public disclosure of Mr Arafat’s medical documentation. We have nothing to fear from full transparency.”…