Probe Urged in Arafat Meeting with Israeli Members of the Progressive List for Peace

Four Alignment Knesset members asked Attorney General Yosef Harish Tuesday to order a police investigation into the recent meeting between leaders of the Progressive List for Peace and Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat.

The Knesset members urging the police probe were Edna Solodar, Ammon Lin, Avraham Katz-Oz and Yitzhak Peretz. They made the request following the meeting between Arafat and Knesset MK Mohammed Miari of the Progressive List and Riah Abu-Assal, secretary General of the Party. The meeting had taken place last week, apparently in Tunis. It was attended by a number of Arafat’s aides, Miari said.

The Four Knesset members asked Harish to check whether Miari and his colleague had not violated the law. If they had, the Knesset members said the Attorney General should ask the Knesset to wave Miari’s immunity in order to try him.

Miari, in a statement issued Tuesday, said that those attending the meeting with Arafat discussed the situation in the region and the prospects for peace. Miari said that Arafat had told him he was willing to “continue with the dialogue with representatives of the peace camp in Israel, Alignment representatives included…Arafat had told me that the ray of light which could take us out of the freeze is the peace forces in Israel.”

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