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.

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Arafat murder probe launched

French prosecutors are set to investigate claims Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in Paris in 2004.