Israel had plan to shoot down passenger plane to kill Arafat, book claims

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Ariel Sharon allegedly told air force to attack planes if thought to be carrying Palestinian leader

The former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon allegedly ordered the military to shoot down civilian airliners over the Mediterranean while he was minister of defence in an attempt to kill the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a journalist has claimed.

In an article adapted from his upcoming book, Ronen Bergman says that between November 1982 and January 1983 Sharon ordered fighter jets to be placed on interception alert, scrambling at least five times with plans to blow up commercial planes that may be carrying Arafat.

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