If Israel wanted to be rid of Arafat they certainly waited a very long time -- about half a century. He was an old man in poor health, a spent force, unable to take on the responsibility for a new Pal nation. Even the tearful BBC reporter couldn't deny that.
Preliminary report: Palestinian stabs man near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem (Haaretz)
from the article: Arafat aide calls on Chirac to reveal truth about Arafat's death