Arafat's death could boost peace processsays Israeli ambassador

8th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

NANCY, France, Nov 8 (AFP) - The death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat could open up new chances for peace in the Middle East, Israel's ambassador to France Nissim Zvili said Monday.

NANCY, France, Nov 8 (AFP) - The death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat could open up new chances for peace in the Middle East, Israel's ambassador to France Nissim Zvili said Monday.

"Yasser Arafat's disappearance from the political arena could create a new order, possibly a very positive one, that could allow the emergence of a new climate of trust," he said in the north eastern French city of Nancy.

Zvili said he was sure that among Arafat's entourage there are "pragmatic and open leaders capable of freeing themselves from the old ideologies and seeing the future of the Palestinian people with greater clarity."

"The Palestinians are the people who are closest to the values and principles of democracy in the whole of the Arab world," he said.

Asked about arrangements for Arafat's funeral if he dies, Zvili said Israel's only insistence was that it not take place in Jerusalem.

"Israel will do all it can to permit a proper burial. All heads of state will be allowed to attend. Our only objection is that Arafat cannot be buried at Jerusalem," he said.

© AFP

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