Israel hopes French inquiry will 'shed light' on Arafat death
Despite many Arabs suspecting Israel of being behind Yasser Arafat's decline, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor distanced his nation from the French inquiry into the Palestinian leader's death.
Yet Mr Palmor said he hoped it would reveal more on the circumstances of Mr Arafat's death.
This does not pertain to us. The complaint lodged by Suha Arafat with the French police does not address Israel or anyone in particular.
If the French justice system has decided to open an investigation, we hope that it will shed light on this matter.
Arab League to call for international inquiry into Arafat death
The Arab League will call at the United Nations for an international investigation into the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority has said.
Saeb Erekat, though, welcomed news that a French court had opened a murder inquiry into the death of the longtime Palestinian leader in a Paris military hospital eight years ago.
The inquiry follows claims by Mr Arafat's widow, Suha, that he may have been poisoned with the radioactive element polonium-210. The same substance infamously killed former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.