Actually, it isn't an insult. Some issues are very volatile. Considering what is taking place in Gaza and the West Bank, this info could just push everyone over the edge. Of course, one never knows what Chirac's motives are to bring up the issue in the first place. Could be he just misses the limelight and needs the attention.
Taliban attack police HQ in Kunduz (AP)
from the article: Arafat aide calls on Chirac to reveal truth about Arafat's death