Latest update: October 15th, 2013
Polonium at high levels most likely would come from a nuclear reactor, and the material is so rare that only 100 grams are produced each year, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report.
Before anyone raises the suspicion that Israel provided the polonium, let’s note that Russian experts were involved in the medical investigation form the beginning. Arafat died in France, so why would Russian experts be called in? Who knows, but if the Palestinian Authority wanted to plant polonium on Arafat’s body, Russia would be its source.
That leaves us with a dubious report based on ridiculous assumptions and which was issued months after the deadline.
Khaled Abu Toameh wrote in the Jerusalem Post last February that one reason the report on results of the exhumation was delayed was “to prevent the emergence of any issues that could have a negative impact on the peace talks.”
So why now?
It looks like Abbas is ready to pull the plug on the peace talks. After a few years, maybe he can exhume them and “discover” that Israel used polonium to kill the peace process.
Historians really will have their work cut out.
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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